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Democrats Want to Tax the Wealthy. Many Voters Agree. » New York Times A proposal to tax wealth finds support across party lines, along with the premise that the government should combat inequality. …

A Weld protégé, Baker says it’s too ‘early’ to talk 2020 support » Boston Globe Bill Weld hired Charlie Baker, he was a mentor to Baker, and he has campaigned and raised money for the governor. But that doesn’t mean Baker is running to Weld’s presidential corner. …

PEYSER: RELIABLE CHARTER AID WOULD ADDRESS STATE'S "BROKEN PROMISE" » State House News Service Nine years ago, as part of a broader education funding reform package, state lawmakers boosted the amount of money and the period of time that school districts are reimbursed for charter school tuitio…

Mass. not among 16 states behind national emergency lawsuit » State House News Service A coalition of 16 states that often includes Massachusetts filed a federal lawsuit in California Monday challenging President Trump's declaration of a national emergency in order to divert funds towar…

Weld bashes Trump on ‘Morning Joe’ as he considers GOP primary challenge » Boston Globe William F. Weld, the former Republican governor of Massachusetts who is considering a challenge to Donald Trump in their party’s 2020 primary election, was deeply critical of the president Tuesday i…

Facing ethics violation, Wilbur Ross says he didn’t mean to file inaccurate financial disclosures » Washington Post The U.S. government’s top ethics watchdog has ruled that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross violated his ethics agreement by inaccurately reporting stock holdings in his 2018 financial disclosure form. …

Bernie Sanders and Democrats' age problem » Axios Since 1828, only three Democratic presidents have been in their 60s when inaugurated — and none came close to Sanders, who would be 79 if elected in 2020.…

The calendar is shifting Democratic influence in 2020 to voters of color » CNN As in every recent Democrat primary race, the 2020 contest will begin in two virtually all-white states, with the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary in early February. But after that the next month…

“Look, I worked for Bill Weld for six years. And he’s a mentor of mine and I admire the heck out of the work he did here as governor. But I think it’s awfully early to be talking about the presidential election, which is a very long time from now,” Baker said.

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News By Category
Beltway Politics

The real national emergency » Boston Globe From the halls of Congress to the corridors of the State Department, there reigns an air of strange defeat.…

In 2020, Bernie Sanders must win the N.H. primary. Elizabeth Warren stands in his way » Boston Globe Senator Bernie Sanders enters the 2020 presidential race with political advantages that his rivals could only dream of having.…

Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren sell differing messages in each other’s backyards » Boston Globe Under the soaring ceiling of a classical revival church, Senator Kamala Harris delivered a homily of sorts this week to more than 1,000 Democrats who squeezed in to see her first visit to the early pr…

Biden leads, Warren fourth, in pair of polls » State House News Service The early favorite to win the New Hampshire primary hasn't even declared his intention to run for president, according to a new UMass Amherst poll that showed U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren running fourth…

Business

Fidelity, T. Rowe Price buy into GE CEO Culp’s leadership » Boston Business Journal During Culp's first three months on the job, Fidelity increased its GE holdings by nearly 60 percent.…

MassChallenge gets first new CEO in its 9-year history » Boston Globe MassChallenge, the Boston-based nonprofit that offers grants and training to promising startups, is getting a new chief executive for the first time in its nine-year history.…

Developers are scrambling for the next Kendall Square. Where will it be? » Boston Globe From the Alewife section of Cambridge to the outer reaches of the Seaport District, from Union Square in Somerville to Barry’s Corner in Allston, developers all over Greater Boston are trying to bui…

Plotted From A Prison Cot, Wrongly Accused Man Whips Smoothie Dream Into Reality » NPR For 27 years, Mark Schand lay in his prison cot in Massachusetts and plotted out the retail empire he'd been envisioning since well before his arrest.…

Startup accelerator MassChallenge hires former C Space entrepreneur as CEO » Boston Business Journal Funded by a combination of corporations, government agencies and foundations, the nonprofit says in the last 10 years it’s helped accelerate 2,000 companies…

Editorial: Beer gardens are not the problem » Boston Business Journal Instead of trying to turn off the spigots of upstart breweries, the state should take the opportunity to look at ways to help restaurants. …

Auction set for UMass Lowell’s 34-acre west campus » Boston Business Journal The University of Massachusetts Lowell will auction off its west campus in Chelmsford this April, a 34-acre land tract that’s zoned for single-family residential development and pitched as “an ide…

CVS drops $7B in market cap as it predicts rough year ahead » Boston Business Journal Coming off a $69 billion merger with national insurer Aetna, CVS is predicting a difficult year ahead, and investors aren’t happy.…

Civil Rights

Brockton activists, officials offer support to racism victim » The Enterprise A group of activists and elected officials, including state Rep. Michelle DuBois and West Bridgewater realtor Ray Mack, offered support for Lola Jean-Baptiste on Monday. Police said Jean-Baptiste was …

Education

MIT group calls for university to cancel celebration of new college, apologize for Henry Kissinger invite » Boston Globe A group of students, alumni, and faculty from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is calling for the school to cancel a planned three-day celebration of a new college later this month and to apo…

As high schoolers await college acceptance letters, one counselor has some advice » Boston Globe The fateful letters will be arriving soon. They’ll carry postmarks from places with dining halls and dorm rooms, emerald quadrangles and stately stone libraries.…

Warren urges DeVos to redo 'toothless' school safety report » Politico Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Thursday urged Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to get her school safety commission back together and make another try, this time focus…

Hampshire College to lay off 9 staff members » Gazette Net Nine full-time members of Hampshire College's admissions and advancement offices will be let go effective April 19 as the first cut to the college's 400-person workforce.…

Accreditation body approves of Hampshire College’s ‘openness’ » Gazette Net Hampshire College's disclosure of its financial challenges and need to seek a partner has been praised by the body that accredits small colleges in New England.The New England Commission on Higher Edu…

Rep. Silva bill seeks tuition-free pre-K in Gateway Cities » The Herald News A bill re-filed this session by Rep. Alan Silvia seeks to get all 4-year-old living in a Gateway City like Fall River into prekindergarten, tuition-free.…

Lawmakers Monitoring 'Painful' Situation At Hampshire College » WGBH As Hampshire College on Tuesday announced the layoffs of nine people from its admissions and advancement offices, lawmakers who represent the Amherst school said they are looking for ways to support t…

Environment

A rural take on climate change » Commonwealth Magazine AS A STATE REPRESENTATIVE, I routinely drove 125 miles between my home in the Western Massachusetts Hilltown of Worthington and Beacon Hill. This makes it all the more remarkable that during my 25 yea…

Markey, Warren reintroduce Seashore legislation » Cape Cod Times Massachusetts Democratic Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren reintroduced legislation Tuesday to reauthorize the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission. The all-volunteer advisory commiss…

Federal

Commenting on Mass. case, Justice Clarence Thomas calls for reconsideration of landmark libel ruling » Boston Globe Justice Clarence Thomas on Tuesday called for the Supreme Court to reconsider New York Times v. Sullivan, the landmark 1964 ruling interpreting the First Amendment to make it hard for public officials…

Gaming

Hit a big lottery prize? You’ll need to go to Dorchester now to claim it. » Boston Globe Big winners of the Massachusetts State Lottery must now claim their prizes in Dorchester, as the lottery formally opened its new headquarters there on Tuesday after decades in Braintree.…

Health Care

Cambridge Health Alliance CEO will retire after 4 decades in health care » Boston Globe The chief executive of Cambridge Health Alliance, Patrick Wardell, said Tuesday that he will retire this summer after more than 40 years of working in health care.…

Baystate Health and US HealthVest propose behavioral hospital for former Holyoke Geriatric Authority » MassLive Baystate Health and US HealthVest have chosen the former Geriatric Authority of Holyoke property as the site of their planned 70,000 square-foot behavioral hospital. …

Rep. McGovern pushes single payer as home state weighs reforms » Lowell Sun As state lawmakers eye another run at health care reforms aimed at helping community hospitals and enabling scope of practice changes while preserving the existing system's framework, 2nd District Rep…

Merck expands Mass. reach with Torque cancer collaboration » Boston Business Journal Cambridge biotech Torque has become the latest local startup to team up with New Jersey drug giant Merck & Co., announcing a collaboration this week to explore whether Merck's blockbuster drug Keytrud…

Housing

As rents soar in Boston, low-income tenants try to stave off eviction » Boston Globe With an estimated 43 evictions a day in Massachusetts, should the state guarantee legal help to renters who can’t afford an attorney? …

Boston's Affordable Housing Policy Doesn't Do Enough For City's Neediest, Advocates Say » WBUR Toni Lopes was on her way to Tufts Medical Center in 2015 when something caught her eye.…

Human Services

Senior groups struggle to attract ‘forever young’ baby boomers » Boston Globe When she’s not teaching Cambridge middle-schoolers, Marilyn Rottersman, 63, works up a sweat at her gym and ushers at a local theater. Would she join a senior organization?…

Judiciary

Juvenile justice changes pushed » Salem News Turning 18 in Massachusetts and many other states means you can serve on a jury, vote in elections and, if you get in trouble with the law, be sent to jail.…

Notification begins for drug defendants whose cases were dismissed because of Sonja Farak scandal » MassLive Approximately 7,500 people whose drug cases were tainted by Amherst drug lab chemist Sonja Farak will soon receive letters notifying them that their convictions have been overturned.…

New rules on solitary confinement coming under fire » Commonwealth Magazine LESS THAN A YEAR ago, Gov. Charlie Baker signed two comprehensive criminal justice bills that were the result of a marathon of bipartisan discussions over many years.…

Labor

Farley-Bouvier Pushes Bill to Raise Tipped Workers Minimum Wage » iBerkshires State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is calling for the elimination of a lower wage for tipped workers. …

Legislative

Rep. Nguyen promotes new bills » Wicked Local North Andover Just over a month into her first term, state Rep. Tram Nguyen, D-Andover, has been filing a plethora bills for the new legislative session, largely aimed at protecting the abused. …

Rep. Day appointed new vice chair of Judiciary Committee » Wilmington Town Crier The office of Representative Michael S. Day (D-Stoneham) recently announced his appointment as the House Vice-Chair of the Massachusetts Legislature's Joint Committee on the Judiciary. Rep. Day was no…

Bill Would Redirect Funds Recouped From GE To Vocational Education » WBUR A lawmaker says he wants money from incentives that General Electric plans to return to Massachusetts redirected to help the state's vocational schools.…

Charlie Baker Has Signed 113 New Laws In MA This Year » Brookline Patch Gov. Charlie Baker returned Monday from vacationing with his family in Florida, and looking at the workload of his pen over the first several weeks of 2019, it's hard to blame him for getting away. Ba…

Local Government

Contractors needed for Stoughton Center facelift » The Enterprise With federal funding secured, the town is seeking to bid out 14 contracts for storefront restorations in its historic business district.…

Fall River mayor seeks to pay back investors he’s accused of defrauding » Boston Herald Three weeks before voters will decide whether to recall him, embattled Fall River Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II wants to repay the lenders he is accused of criminally defrauding, provided they agree to r…

Sapelli focuses on Agawam successes in State of the City address » The Reminder Last week, Reminder Publishing ran a story covering the first half of Agawam Mayor William Sapelli’s state of the city address. This week, Part 2 of the series will cover 2019 plans and the current …

Townsend selectman charged in domestic assault » Lowell Sun Townsend Selectman Cindy King was arraigned in Ayer District Court Tuesday on two counts of assault and battery and four counts of intimidation of a witness.…

Somerville Community Summit seeks ways to improve news coverage » Wicked Local Somerville Journalists, community members and local organizations spent their Saturday brainstorming ways to improve media coverage in Somerville.…

McGee honored with Semper Fidelis Public Service Award » Lynn Daily News Item In the presence of six Iwo Jima veterans, Lynn Mayor Thomas M. McGee accepted the Semper Fidelis Public Service Award.…

What Is OPEB And Why Should You Care About It? » The Cape Cod Chronicle The acronym OPEB has been popping up more and more often in municipal finance discussions. It's one of those arcane accounting elements that makes the eyes glaze over, but in actuality has a significa…

Hadley residents push for changes to state seal and motto » Gazette Net Voters at Town Meeting this spring could join four other communities in the Pioneer Valley that have recommended Massachusetts change its state seal and motto.…

Snow ticket? No problem. New Bedford voiding snow ban parking tickets » South Coast Today The City of New Bedford will void traffic tickets related to the snow emergency parking ban on Sunday and Monday. Residents will not have to pay any fines for violations of the weekend’s snow ban an…

Framingham to draft 'Welcoming' ordinance to support local immigrants » The Metro West Daily News Following in the footsteps of other cities and towns, Framingham will create a new “Welcoming Immigrants” ordinance to help local immigrants feel safe in the community.…

Marijuana

Salem marijuana dispensary puts adult use sales on hold » Boston Business Journal One of the state’s nine recreational marijuana dispensaries has temporarily closed to recreational customers after running into technology problems with the state’s seed-to-sale tracking system.…

Politics

Massachusetts GOP chief hits 'socialist' and 'corrupt' Democrats » Boston Herald Taking a cue from President Trump, Massachusetts Republican Party chief Jim Lyons slammed Democrats for “pushing a socialist agenda” and called the Democratic-controlled Legislature “corrupt” …

Baker could benefit from Weld back in the saddle » Boston Herald Is Bill Weld a stalking horse for Charlie Baker? Could the former Republican governor of Massachusetts be the advance man —knowingly or not — testing the New Hampshire waters for the current Repub…

Progressive Coalition invites US Rep. Richard Neal to Friday town hall in Holyoke » MassLive The newly formed coalition, which represents progressive groups from across Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional District, has invited U.S. Rep. Richard Neal to discuss issues important to his constitue…

Beaty's comments about gays spark outrage » Cape Cod Times A controversial elected Cape Cod representative’s comments about gay people has sparked an angry backlash throughout the community and on Beacon Hill.…

Are Valley residents ready to ‘Feel the Bern’? Yes, no, and ... meh » Gazette Net During his 2016 presidential bid, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders gained a loyal following that turned up in record-breaking crowds at rallies across the country.…

Commissioner Beaty Under Fire For Gay-Related Social Media Post » Cape Cod Online Controversial Barnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty has ignited a new firestorm with a recent social media comment about gay people.…

Public Health

Third child in Massachusetts dies from flu this season » Boston Globe A girl from Middlesex County has died from the flu, the third such pediatric death in Massachusetts this season, state authorities confirmed on Tuesday.…

Public Safety

State Police under scrutiny for handling of guns seized at Logan Airport » Boston Globe The disappearance of an antique gun that was seized from a passenger at Logan Airport last year has brought more scrutiny on the Massachusetts State Police, sparking a judicial inquiry and the removal…

’You’re creating monsters’: Advocates say new rules fail to reform solitary confinement in Massachusetts » MassLive Jurrell Laronal spent 10 years in Massachusetts prisons and has been in solitary confinement more times than he can remember, beginning at age 19.…

‘Stephen’s Law’ calls for murder charges for some fentanyl dealers » Boston Herald “Stephen’s Law,” legislation calling for murder charges against some fentanyl dealers, is named after a Revere man who unknowingly shot up a lethal dose of the synthetic opioid.…

Jerry Bellamy went to Springfield Police HQ to dispute parking ticket; was grabbed by throat, tackled by officers in confrontation » MassLive On June 29, 2017, property maintenance worker Jerry Bellamy walked into the lobby of Springfield Police headquarters. He was there to file a complaint.…

State Government

Maura Healey weighs lawsuit over Trump’s emergency declaration » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey is weighing legal action against the Trump administration following President Donald Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wa…

Taxation

Many voters are in favor of taxing the wealthy » Boston Business Journal Voters overwhelmingly see income inequality as a problem the government should be trying to address.…

Our view: Film tax credit needs more scrutiny » Gloucester Times More than 100 Massachusetts lawmakers want to continue a program permanently that gives movie production studios tens of millions of dollars in tax credits, instead of waiting to revisit the pros and …

Transportation

Fed-up lawmakers reach for solutions to Eastie traffic » WCVB Vehicles are entering the Sumner Tunnel at "unprecedented levels," thousands of rides on services such as Uber and Lyft head to and from Logan Airport each day, and on residential streets, traffic bac…

Five transportation assignments for Legislature » Commonwealth Magazine Now is the time to start planning for a very different future …

Lawmakers file bills to address Sumner Tunnel congestion » Commonwealth Magazine Back congestion pricing and highest fees on ride-hailing usage in the country …

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh: MBTA needs to explain why it’s raising fares before 6.3 percent hike » MassLive Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says the MBTA needs to “explain to the public” why its raising fees, before the proposed fare hike goes into effect.…

Utilities

Eversource's leap into solar power hits milestone; more planned » Berkshire Eagle Fresh snow lay heavy on Savoy hillsides at daybreak Tuesday, even atop 7,000 newly installed solar panels. But slanting rays penetrated the morning blanket. As a cluster of inverters buzzed inside met…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

AG Maura Healey says Massachusetts may join challenge to Trump’s emergency declaration » MassLive

Mass. not among states behind national emergency lawsuit » Newburyport News

Nathan Bill’s bar owner John Sullivan arraigned in connection with alleged 2015 off-duty police beating » MassLive

Spilka: Lewis will help spur ed reform » Commonwealth Magazine

Riverview Towers residents fearful as communications with new owner break down » The Herald News

Gov. Baker: Weld a ‘mentor,’ but too soon to back his 2020 bid » Boston Globe

As rents soar in Boston, low-income tenants try to stave off eviction » Boston Globe

Layoffs, downsizing on horizon at Hampshire College » State House News Service

Natural gas hookups off limits in more Mass. towns » Boston Business Journal

Peyser: Reliable charter aid would address state's "broken promise" » Lowell Sun

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 medium-size onions, chopped
  • 1 pound linguiça, sliced, slices halved
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound fresh kale, washed, stems discarded, shredded into small pieces
  • 1 can Campbell's "Bean with Bacon" soup plus 1 can water (or substitute 1 can white beans plus 2 cups chicken broth)
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled, cubed (russets or your preference)
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, add oil and cook garlic, onions, and linguiça slices until onions are soft. Add 4 cups chicken broth and kale. Cover, and let kale cook down, stirring occasionally.

Add bean soup and water (or substitute beans and broth); simmer about 5 minutes. (Add more water if the mixture's not dilute enough.) Add cubed potatoes. Simmer, covered, 20-30 minutes longer, till potatoes are soft.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot with crusty bread. 



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