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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Mass. Mentoring Day, Grand Staircase, Great Hall & Nurses Hall, State House

1:30pm Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Oversight Hearing

6:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Governor's Council Candidate Paul DePalo

Birthdays: Senator Michael Moore

Must-Reads

State’s ‘Valor Act’ is a good intention gone wrong and must be fixed » Boston Globe No one is quite ready to call the state’s “Valor Act” a lousy law, but it’s drawing a backlash. And no wonder. Late last year, a New Bedford man who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend saw the …

GE’s chief executive opens the door to breaking up the company » Boston Globe Chief executive John Flannery on Tuesday raised the prospect of ending GE’s long life as one of the world’s best-known industrial conglomerates by floating the idea of spinning off one or more of …

Democrats are considering a federal shutdown, but it’s risky » Boston Globe Democrats, whose brand as a party is based on government’s potential to positively affect lives, are seriously contemplating a government shutdown for the first time since Republicans won back Washi…

Baker, top health official tout 72-hour involuntary holds for drug users » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker and the state’s health and human services chief Tuesday urged skeptical lawmakers to give clinical professionals — such as physicians and psychologists — the power to invo…

Former state senator Brian Joyce's lawyer faces accusations » Boston Herald A lawyer for ex-state Sen. Brian Joyce is accused of making “false representations” to state ethics regulators on Joyce’s behalf, including as part of Joyce’s claim that 700 pounds of free cof…

Gomez leaves GOP, eyes independent bid against Warren » Commonwealth Magazine GABRIEL GOMEZ, who ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate as a Republican in 2013, has switched his party affiliation to independent and is not ruling out a run against Sen. Elizabeth Warren this year, …

Troopergate cop books Worcester prosecutor on OUI charge » Boston Herald The lawyer for a statie caught up in the Troopergate scandal says his client woke up “nervous” yesterday after signing off on an explosive report detailing the drunken driving arrest of a Worceste…

‘Gays for Trump’: The president’s small, vocal — and unlikely — fan club » Boston Globe Outside the State House last November, police used bicycles and their bodies to block confrontations as a right-wing “Rally for the Republic” reached its climax. Amid the tumult, a conservative ac…

Shutdown would backfire on GOP, Republicans say » Politico Massachusetts President Donald Trump has already started framing a potential government shutdown as the singular fault of Democrats demanding liberal immigration policies at the expense of border security.…

“It gives judges too much discretion to apply it in ways that I think the Legislature never intended,” said Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley. “This is no knock against veterans. But I don’t think it was ever intended to apply to people who never saw service in a theater of conflict. It wasn’t intended as a get-out-of-jail-free card.”

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley

Commenting on the Valor Act which gives District Court judges leeway in adjudicating cases involving military veterans.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

What happens if the government shuts down? » Boston Globe Prepare yourself for a possible government shutdown. Unless Democrats and Republicans can resolve a long list of contentious issues by Friday — or put them off with another temporary fix — large p…

US Sen. Ed Markey says just 1 Republican vote needed in Senate effort to overturn FCC ruling, restore net neutrality rules » The Republican U.S. Senate Democrats announced Tuesday that although they have enough support to force a vote to reverse the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of Obama-era internet regulations, they need th…

From 22 state attorneys general to Mozilla, net neutrality supporters have asked a court to reject the FCC’s recent repeal » recode Attorneys general from 22 states, tech companies like Mozilla and other staunch net neutrality advocates filed lawsuits on Tuesday in an attempt to overturn FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s recent repeal of …

Business

Ex-leader of Cape college barred from leading charities » Cape Cod Times The former president of a small Falmouth college has been permanently barred from serving on the board or as a chief executive of any Massachusetts charity as part of a settlement with Attorney Genera…

Former graduate school president barred from leading Mass. charities » Boston Globe The former president of a small graduate school in Falmouth has been barred from serving on charity boards or as the chief executive of a nonprofit in Massachusetts after collecting an excessive salar…

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh plans to look into reports of GE considering company break-up » The Republican The city will "rise and fall with GE" now that the conglomerate's worldwide headquarters is based here, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Tuesday.…

GEe, what will Amazon do? » Commonwealth Magazine Just as GE is set to move into Boston, word comes that the multinational conglomerate that city and state officials wooed here with a multi-million dollar package of tax breaks and incentives will loo…

Nixon Peabody planning big office move in downtown Boston » Boston Business Journal

Education

Chan Zuckerberg philanthropy taps UMass Amherst to create AI scientific research tool » Boston Globe A philanthropy started by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan has awarded a $5.5 million grant to the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Center for Data Science to create…

Regional school finance forum coming to Triton » Newburyport News The financial challenges facing regional schools such as those in the Triton, Pentucket and Masconomet school districts will be up for discussion when state Auditor Suzanne Bump joins a panel at Trito…

Three finalists for state education commissioner named » Boston Globe Lawrence schools Superintendent Jeffrey Riley and two high-ranking education officials outside Massachusetts emerged Tuesday as finalists in the search for a new commissioner of elementary and seconda…

Finalists For Mass.' Next Ed Commissioner Are In: 1 State Receiver, And 2 Female Outsiders » WBUR The race to become Massachusetts' next commissioner of education has narrowed from 18 to three.…

3 finalists named for state education commissioner » Commonwealth Magazine Field narrowed to Lawrence schools receiver and state officials from New York and Texas …

Environment

Carbon Fees & The Mystery Of The Untaxed Negative Externality » Clean Technica Unless you went to college to study economics, you have probably never heard the phrase “untaxed negative externality.” Elon Musk was the first person to use it in ordinary conversation during a p…

Westport land trust secures grant for improvements to Dunham's Brook Conservation Area » South Coast Today Westport Land Conservation Trust has been awarded $12,783.00 in grant funding from the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to improve shrubland habitat and conduct stream restoration work at the …

Power generators contest state greenhouse gas rules » Boston Globe The region’s fossil fuel industry is contesting carbon emission caps that took effect in Massachusetts this month, arguing the rules are unfair to power plants that use oil and natural gas to produc…

You know what's coming up next month? Yes, the 40th anniversary of The Blizzard » Universal Hub And is that what started us down the road to French Toast? Sean Barnacoat at WBZ found this clip in the station archives: …

THE SEAPORT FLOOD IS JUST THE BEGINNING » Dig Boston Unless Boston builds proper defenses against global warming-driven sea level rise …

Springfield prepares for $3 million culvert replacement at Forest Park entrance » The Republican

Health Care

People with chronic pain worry Gov. Charlie Baker's opioid bill will cut availability of pain meds » The Republican Becca West, 28, of Quincy, has suffered chronic pain from endometriosis since she was 14. She said doctors have called her "faker," "drug addict," "lazy," "weak," and "hypochondriac."…

Community Health Improvement Plan reviews its first year in effect » The Recorder Still very much in its infancy, the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is looking at how it can coordinate the work of varied providers toward improving the health of residents in Franklin Count…

Housing

Officials celebrate a rarity: Affordable housing in downtown Boston » State House News Service A downtown Boston building dating back to the Grant administration will have a whole new use next year when it becomes home for people who have lacked a place of their own.…

Despite roadblocks, popularity of tiny homes continues on Cape » Cape Cod Times Despite state and local roadblocks, the popularity of tiny homes continues, such as for a Provincetown homeowner who is restricted by building codes.…

Historic Boston building gets blessing for housing » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Cardinal Sean O’Malley were among the city and state leaders who attended a ceremony yesterday celebrating the transformation of a historic downtown bui…

Baker Appoints Tuli to MassHousing Board » Banker & Tradesman

Human Services

Massachusetts Lawmakers Want Investigation of Kindred SNF Closures » Skilled Nursing News Eight Massachusetts state legislators have asked state Attorney General Maura Healey to investigate Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) as it plans to close four nursing homes and an assisted living facili…

MSPCC to shut down Cape office » Cape Cod Times The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children will shut down its only office on the Cape and Islands in early March, according to the nonprofit organization’s executive directo…

Insurance

House bill to end gender-based discrimination in insurance » South Coast Today Sponsors of a bill that has bipartisan support told lawmakers Tuesday that its passage would topple one of the last bastions of gender-based discrimination in the insurance industry.…

Judiciary

Amending The Valor Act And Rethinking Bail Practices In Massachusetts » WGBH News WGBH Legal Analyst and Northeastern Law Professor Daniel Medwed joins WGBH's Morning Edition each week to discuss legal decisions and appeals within the court system, state legislature, and congress. …

Labor

BMC RNs vote for 2nd one-day strike — if it's deemed necessary » Berkshire Eagle A second one-day strike is now possible at Berkshire Medical Center, after registered nurses granted their negotiators the power to call that action at the region's largest employer.…

Local Government

Revere gets $225K to renovate Gibson Park » Lynn Daily News Item Thanks to a state grant, Gibson Park will get a facelift this year. Mayor Brian M. Arrigo said the city will receive $225,556 for improvements to the green space in the Point of Pines. The grant, admi…

Springfield Cultural Organizations Sign Pact With Massachusetts Cultural Council » WAMC Representatives from the city of Springfield, the Springfield Cultural Council, the Springfield Central Cultural District, and the Mass Cultural Council signed a document Tuesday to align their intere…

‘Sister event’ to Women’s March planned in Pittsfield » the Berkshire edge Billed as a sort of counterinauguration shortly after President Donald Trump took the oath of office, the series of demonstrations is estimated to have brought out more than 2.5 million people worldwi…

Framingham: Council rejects mayor's pick for licensing board » The Metro West Daily News Mayor Yvonne Spicer saw one of her appointments to the city’s licensing board temporarily halted Tuesday, an early setback in one of her first tests before the City Council.…

Methuen solicitor apologizes for not informing councilors of opioid lawsuit ahead of filing » The Eagle Tribune City Solicitor Richard D'Agostino publicly apologized to city councilors Tuesday night for not informing them prior to the filing of a lawsuit against major pharmaceutical companies that names the cit…

Marijuana

Sen. Elizabeth Warren plans legislation to protect states' marijuana rights » The Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, said Monday that she is working with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to protect states' rights to legalize marijuana.…

When can you legally buy marijuana in Massachusetts? Here's the timeline » The Republican Massachusetts voters approved marijuana for medical use in 2012, but it took the state nearly three years to open its first dispensary. …

Opinion

Racists don’t care about your resume » Boston Globe If you hail from Haiti, El Salvador, or any African nation President Trump impugned with his racist comments, you do not need to demonstrate — to anyone — your talents, value, or right to be in Am…

LETTER: Rowley spending 'other people’s money' » Newburyport News Petitioning citizens who are seeking to exercise citizens’ right of petition under the Constitution of the United States and of the commonwealth (M.G.L. c. 231, § 59H) for Facebook organization Row…

Letter: Considering autism, Asperger's in heath care coverage » The Salem News I recently read an article that detailed, among other things, House Speaker Robert DeLeo's plans to begin to fix health care laws in Massachusetts.…

Editorial: 2018 Should Be The Year Massachusetts Moves Toward Single Payer » Valley Advocate I recently got my first pay stub of the year. I was curious to see how the Republican tax plan would affect me, if at all, but it turns out that none of us will see the results until February. So stay…

Only the GOP can prevent a government shutdown » Boston Globe The Republican Party controls both houses of Congress and the presidency. If its leaders can’t keep the government’s lights on, despite unified control of Washington, it would be an unnerving comm…

Editorial: ‘Last resort’ solution » Boston Herald Civil libertarians are troubled by the idea that addicts who seek treatment at a Massachusetts hospital for an opioid-related overdose could be forced into treatment against their will, under a bill p…

Battenfeld: Republicans tiptoe around Donald Trump factor » Boston Herald Republican candidates in Massachusetts are struggling to deal with President Trump and his sometimes explosive comments as they campaign to win a GOP primary expected to be dominated by Trump supporte…

Guest Opinion: Broken energy market leaves Mass. consumers in the cold » The Herald News Family budgets are labors of love. No stone is left unturned in the hunt to cover the mortgage payments and grocery bills you can anticipate and the medical emergencies or busted furnace you can’t.…

EDITORIAL: There's always room for compromise on ballot questions » Lowell Sun

Politics

GOP candidate hits back after Warren calls Trump a "racist bully" » The Sun Chronicle Republican Senate candidate John Kingston lashed out at Sen. Elizabeth Warren Monday after she called President Trump a “racist bully.” In a campaign visit to Attleboro, Kingston knocked Warren fo…

Meet gubernatorial hopeful Jay Gonzalez » Boston Globe Another election year is upon us, which means it’s time to look at some of the candidates for high office in Massachusetts. …

Senate hopeful Rep. Brendan Crighton outlines priorities in Swampscott » Wicked Local Swampscott State Rep. Brendan Crighton, D-Lynn, will be the next Third Essex District senator, barring a write-in candidate who mounts a miracle victory in the March 6 special election.…

Two more 3rd District candidates announce fundraising numbers » Lowell Sun Two more of the 13 Democrats seeking to replace 3rd District Rep. Niki Tsongas in November have released their latest fundraising numbers: Lori Trahan, of Westford, and Beej Das, a former Andover resi…

Public Health

Baker Pitches Three-Day Holds For Overdose Patients » WGBH News Gov. Charlie Baker wants to further restrict the number of addictive pills doctors can prescribe and allow medical professionals to commit opiate abuse patients to involuntary treatment for three days…

Gov. planning 'bit more' for opioid education » South Coast Today Gov. Charlie Baker, appearing before a legislative committee on Tuesday to pitch his newest opioid abuse treatment and prevention bill, told lawmakers the budget he intends to file next week will go b…

Charlie Baker skeptical about creating ‘safe injection sites’ » Boston.com Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday he’s skeptical about creating “safe injection sites” to help stem the state’s opioid abuse crisis.…

Forced rehab is gov’s tough love » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is defending his controversial plan to involuntarily commit drug addicts, telling lawmakers the proposal is tough medicine needed to save the lives of users who walk out of emergenc…

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has 'open mind' to needle exchange program after past opposition » The Republican Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said he is keeping an "open mind" to supporting a proposed needle exchange program in Springfield after being opposed to the program many years ago as a city councilor.…

Massachusetts Medical Society testifies on opioid bill » The Republican The Massachusetts Medical Society told a legislative committee on Tuesday that it supports much of a bill aimed at curbing opioid addiction, but balked at a prescribing oversight board and allowing 72…

Doctors resist holding opioid addicts » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker wants to give emergency room clinicians more leeway to force suspected opioid addicts into treatment, but some in the medical community are resisting the move they say will stretch …

Lawmakers hear from public on Gov. Baker opioid bill » WWLP 22 News Governor Charlie Baker (R-Massachsuetts) is pushing to increase state efforts to battle the deadly opioid addiction crisis in Massachusetts. He testified before the state’s Mental Health, Substance …

MHA lauds Baker opioid proposal » Worcester Business Journal

Public Safety

Hawaii had that weekend missile scare. Could it happen here? » Boston Globe The state’s emergency management director said it’s unlikely Massachusetts would experience a false ballistic missile alarm like the one that caused widespread panic in Hawaii.…

Sex traffickers are on many websites. Why is police action so rare? » Boston Globe Prosecutors painted a squalid picture of what went on inside the little house on busy Russell Street: The Asian women were kept there night and day, providing sexual services for a fee, sleeping where…

There were more murders but less overall crime in Lynn last year » Lynn Daily News Item Despite a near record number of murders and a slight uptick in car thefts last year, the city’s overall crime is down, according to the Lynn Police Department.…

Haverhill Secures State Funding for Fire Education Programs » WHAV

MEMA says residents should be confident in state alert system » WWLP 22

State Government

Looking Inside the Lottery: Scratching the Itch » WCVB A full 70% of the Massachusetts State Lottery's sales come from "Instant Games" which many of us know as Scratch Tickets.…

Taxation

Tax Law Could Deliver Billion-Dollar Blow to Social Services » Governing Charitable giving is expected to drop, and nonprofits that operate social services for the government will likely take the biggest hit. …

Sales tax collections hanging on Mass. rule, SCOTUS ruling » Boston Business Journal A dispute over whether states should be able to require online retailers to collect and remit state sales taxes is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, but Massachusetts' approach to the issue is being e…

Tracing The Origin Of The Massachusetts Sales Tax » WGBH News Imagine how many Massachusetts teenagers came down the stairs on Christmas morning in 1965 to find the Beatles’ "Rubber Soul" under the tree. The band was at the height of its popularity, and its ne…

Utilities

New Englanders Have Only Themselves to Blame for Energy Price Spikes » Real Clear Energy Cold snaps like the one the U.S. northeast has experienced this month are great opportunities to learn how energy markets work — or don’t work. …

Compressor station foes encouraged by feds' response to New York project » The Patriot Ledger Opponents of a proposed North Weymouth natural-gas compressor station say federal regulators’ failure to overrule state officials who rejected a permit for a pipeline in New York offers hope for sto…

Why Some Fishermen Are Wary Of Offshore Wind Farms » WBUR It’s a sunny afternoon in the English town of Ramsgate, and Steve Barratt is getting ready to fish. He’s on the deck of his boat, the Razorbill, running a massive tangle of nets through a squeaky …

For A Vision Of Offshore Wind In New England, Look To The U.K. » WBUR Massachusetts wants to get 1,600 megawatts of electricity from offshore wind farms by the year 2027, up from zero today. …

Generators burned 2m barrels of oil over 15 days » Commonwealth Magazine Region’s power grid operator concerned about emissions limitations …

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

CVS adds 42 drug disposal boxes across Massachusetts: Here's where you can drop off unwanted medication » The Republican

GE takes $6B hit from legacy insurance business » Boston Business Journal

State announces three finalists for education commissioner's post » State House News Service

So... Is Pot Legal or Not in Massachusetts? » Valley Advocate

Springfield cultural organizations hope to boost region's economy through 'cultural compact' (Photos) » The Republican

Here are the three finalists for Massachusetts commissioner of elementary and secondary education » The Republican

Crowley: having a ‘good’ system is not good enough » Tewksbury Town Crier

Rep: Law needed to address gender disparity in disability insurance » State House News Service

Letter: Supporting 'death with dignity' for those who chose it » Telegram News

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has 'open mind' to needle exchange program after past opposition » The Republican

Alcombright receives Peacemaker Award at annual Northern Berkshire Community Coalition MLK Jr. Day of Service » Berkshire Eagle

L'Italien raises $320G in first quarter for 3rd District bid » Lowell Sun

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Recipe of the Week

YANKEE POT ROAST

Chef Peter Davis of Henrietta’s Table

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 4 pound piece of chuck
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup of red wine
  • 3 cups of veal stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 4 carrots, cut batonnets*
  • 4 parsnips, cut batonnets*
  • 4 tablespoons chopped parsley

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Place a heavy bottomed pot on the stove over medium heat.  
  2. Add the oil to the pot and when it is hot, add the chuck (fat side down).  Cook the fat side until brown all sides of the meat and remove from the pot.  
  3. Place the rough chopped onion, celery, carrot and garlic to the pot until well browned.  
  4. Add the red wine to the pot, reduce by one half.   Put the meat, veal stock, bay leaf and thyme in the pot, bring to a boil and place the pot in the oven uncovered.
  5. Cook the pot roast 2 ½ hours, turning every half hour.  If the sauce reduces too much, add 1 cup of water.
  6. While the pot roast is cooking, roast the carrot and parsnip batonnets in the at 350° F oven for 30 minutes.  Cool and place aside.
  7. Remove the pot roast from the oven and take out the meat.  Remove excess fat from the sauce.  Puree the sauce and season with salt and peper.
  8. Slice the meat in ½ inch slices and arrange on a platter.  Pour the sauce over the meat and garnish with the reheated carrot and parsnip.  Sprinkle with chopped celery.


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