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Today on Beacon Hill

1:00pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

5:00pm Reception for Rep. Matt Muratore

5:30pm Sen. Barbara L'Italien Meet & Greet

Must-Reads

Ballot ads rolling at $11M clip » Boston Herald Groups battling for votes on the state's most controversial ballot questions have already poured more than $11 million into television advertisements — a bombardment that's sure to only grow as…

Chicago court's Uber decision may hurt Boston taxi companies » Boston Globe As cab companies in Boston and Cambridge push a legal effort to have Uber drivers held to the same rules as taxis, a similar case in Chicago has run into a judicial roadblock. …

Usually amicable Baker keeps sparring with labor » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker has aggressively courted constituencies traditionally out of range for Republican politicians, but there is one longtime antagonist of GOP leaders with whom he is increasingly c…

Borges calls on O'Connell to denounce Trump in Taunton state rep's race, O'Connell fires back over Vinny Paz fundraiser » Taunton Gazette Democratic challenger Estele Borges is calling on Republican State. Rep. Shaunna O'Connell to denounce GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump in light of a 2005 video in which he makes lewd comments …

Marinas, scrap yards targeted by costly environmental lawsuits » The Salem News Chris Perley didn't know he needed a stormwater permit for his marina repair shop until he got a letter from an environmental group earlier this year, threatening to drag him into court for polluting …

Have charter schools fulfilled their promise as innovators? » Boston Globe For decades, charter schools have been billed as “laboratories of innovation,” conjuring up images of teachers and administrators brainstorming and testing cutting-edge instruction that â…

A revolving door at Mass. hospitals » Boston Globe Massachusetts hospitals are doing slightly better at keeping newly-discharged patients from coming right back, but the state still has one of the highest readmission rates in the nation, according to …

Report: Senate panel misinformed voters about marijuana » State House News Service With less than a month until voters decide whether Massachusetts will legalize, regulate and tax marijuana, the campaign behind the ballot question is pushing back against information that forms the b…

Commission weighs interventions to narrow health care differentials » State House News Service A special commission studying health care pricing in Massachusetts grappled Tuesday with questions of responsibility, discussing the roles employers and commercial health plans should play in narrowin…

“I don’t think that there is a ton of sympathy in the electorate for the carmen’s union, for example, or the janitors, who work for a private company, who come barreling at the governor and say, ‘How dare you reform the T? Everything is fine here and we want to protect the status quo’,”

James Conroy, former campaign manager for Charlie Baker

Speaking on the labor outrage over Charlie Baker's MBTA reforms.

News By Category
Business

Boston broker-dealer LPL Financial reportedly looking into a sale » Boston Business Journal Boston-based broker-dealer LPL Financial is exploring a sale and other strategic alternatives, Reuters has reported.…

DeLeo: Short-term rentals "just can't operate in a vacuum" » State House News Service Previewing an issue for next session, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Tuesday that whether to regulate short-term private room rental businesses, like Airbnb, will be the "next test" of the Legislatur…

Haunted by the loss of Mark Zuckerberg, Boston makes an appeal to millennial entrepreneurs » Boston Globe Can hosting a conference convince millennials that Boston is the place to be?…

Comcast Fined $2.3 Million For Improperly Charging Customers » WBUR Cable giant Comcast Corp. has been ordered by federal regulators to pay $2.3 million for wrongfully charging customers for gear and services they never requested. Officials say it is the largest civil…

Zogics To Senate President: Lack of Skilled Work Force Biggest Setback » iBerkshires With the state of current technology, a company can basically operate from anywhere. So can employees. The current workforce wants more out of life than traditional jobs. They want to find ways to c…

DeLeo: Short-term rentals 'can't operate in a vacuum' » Worcester Business Journal

Civil Rights

Churches file federal lawsuit over transgender law » Politico Four churches and their pastors have filed a federal lawsuit against Attorney General Maura Healey and the new transgender public accommodations law, saying it violates their civil rights and ability …

Transgender law repeal qualifies for 2018 ballot » State House News Service Massachusetts voters in 2018 will be asked whether the state should keep or repeal the new state law aimed at preventing discrimination against transgender individuals in public accommodations, as act…

Crimes

Legislature approves bill saving evidence in sex crimes for 15 years » The Enterprise Tuesday Oct 11, 2016 at 4:30 PM Oct 11, 2016 at 4:32 PM Evidence in sexual assault or rape cases that have not yet been reported as crimes would be required to be preserved for at least 15 years unde…

Education

Minority hiring advocate tells BPS to get more 'aggressive' » Boston Herald The Black Educators' Alliance of Massachusetts is calling on the Boston Public Schools to be more “aggressive” in hiring and keeping black teachers in the classroom, as the number of minor…

Report: Lowell paying high price for charter schools » Lowell Sun A new report from the city auditor portrays charter schools as having a significant negative financial effect on the city, with the city's required payments for charter schools having undergone a "dra…

2 in 3 businesses back charter-school expansion in survey » Boston Business Journal More than two-thirds of businesses surveyed by a Massachusetts lobbying group support an upcoming ballot initiative to lift the cap on charter schools in the state.…

Ballot Question 2: Searching For Numbers That Cut Through The Rhetoric » WGBH It's a Tuesday morning in October, and as a second-grade class at Lowell Community Charter Public School breaks for refreshments, eager kids share their snack selections with a visiting reporter (nach…

UMass reports decline in alcohol, drug offenses » Gazette Net Alcohol- and drug-related offenses were down last year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, continuing a three-year downward trend in such incidents, according to a recent report.…

Environment

DMF Expands Shellfish Harvest Closures to All Waters South of Cape Cod » Cape Cod Online Effective immediately, the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) has expanded its recently announced shellfish harvest closures to include all waters south of Cape Cod due to a substantial bloom of a pot…

Toxic algae shuts down shellfish harvest south of Cape Cod » State House News Service Baker administration fisheries regulators on Tuesday expanded shellfish harvesting closures to all waters south of Cape Cod, citing the presence of a phytoplankton capable of producing an acid that ca…

City wants to rid parks of Canada geese; considers fines for feeding » Boston Herald The city is on a wild goose chase to rid the parks and Greenway of grass-gooing Canada geese, who have laid waste to open spaces from the Arboretum to the Esplanade, with fines being considered for fe…

Federal

Structure of agency conceived by Warren ruled unconstitutional » Boston Globe The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — the brainchild of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and among the most controversial programs to come out of the financial crisis — is too…

Email: Warren presented Clinton with list of personnel recommendations » Politico Sen. Elizabeth Warren attempted to influence Hillary Clinton's personnel picks, presenting the campaign with a list of potential hires, the latest batch of WikiLeaks emails shows.…

Allegedly hacked email suggests Elizabeth Warren gave Clinton campaign list of staff picks » The Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, reportedly provided Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign with a list of potential administration staff picks, according to allegedly …

Elizabeth Warren's legacy takes a hit » Boston Herald A federal appeals court ruling striking down the leadership structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as unconstitutional is being seen by critics as a rebuke of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren…

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, has unconstitutional set-up, federal court says » The Republican The director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency first proposed by Elizabeth Warren before she was elected to the US Senate, is the single most powerful official in the entire US g…

Health Care

Union official to join health policy commission » State House News Service

Housing

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds releases real estate data » Wicked Local Stoughton Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell recently announced the third quarter real estate data, July-September 2016, for Norfolk County.…

Judiciary

Charlie Baker begins process of choosing 2 members for high court » The Associated Press (AP) Gov. Charlie Baker is beginning the process of choosing two new members for the state's highest court.…

Gun owners urge Baker to rescind nominee, citing ties to AG's office » The Herald News A gun owners group on Tuesday pressed Gov. Charlie Baker to rescind his nomination of one of Attorney General Maura Healey's top lieutenants to the Superior Court, arguing he is unfit to be a judge if…

4 Mass. Churches File Federal Lawsuit Over Transgender Accommodations Law » WBUR An organization representing four churches in Massachusetts has filed a federal lawsuit that challenges the state's new law on public accommodations. The law prohibits discrimination against transgend…

Labor

Unions target Baker admin at anti-privatization rally » State House News Service The Democrat-controlled state Legislature in 2015 gave the MBTA the green light to move ahead with privatization plans but on Wednesday several lawmakers plan to join T employees and union officials f…

With recent firings, Amazon discriminated against Boston drivers of color, attorneys say » Boston Business Journal

Local Government

Complaint about Open Meeting Law filed vs. Holyoke Council President Kevin Jourdain » MassLive A resident has filed a complaint alleging that City Council President Kevin A. Jourdain violated the state Open Meeting Law by sending an email to a majority of councilors expressing opposition to a b…

Panhandling complaints increase as Holyoke explores options like requiring permits » The Republican Panhandling and complaints from drivers and businesses about them have increased and the city needs to address the practice perhaps by requiring such solicitors get a permit if operating on public pro…

David Watson appointed to Arlington Redevelopment Board » Wicked Local Arlington The board in charge of overseeing land use planning just got a new member.…

Opinion

Globe should have endorsed 'none of the above' » Boston Globe I WAS disappointed and disheartened by your endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president in Sunday's Globe.…

Watchdog overreaches on Children's Hospital expansion » Boston Globe ONE OF the iron laws of public policy is that regulatory agencies have an irresistible tendency to push the limits of their power and authority. Whether it's the environment, transportation, or health…

In 1st Hampden, Hampshire Senate race, Lesser, Harrington should stay on issues (Editorial) » MassLive Eric Lesser and Chip Harrington each know better.…

Can the third debate focus on issues? » Boston Globe EXCUSE ME... May I interrupt our national presidential psychodrama to offer a suggestion? …

Editorial: Elizabeth Warren's Charlie Baker rant » Boston Herald Sermonizing about Gov. Charlie Baker and Donald Trump on Monday, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren cemented her reputation for being deeply out of touch with what's happening in her own state — and re…

Our view: Baker deserves support for MBTA fixes » Newburyport News Legend has it that years ago when his brother Bill presided over the Massachusetts Senate, mobster Whitey Bulger was able to sell jobs with the MBTA for $3,000 apiece.…

Lombardo best suited to represent Billerica » Lowell Sun

Why Governor's Council race is so important » Lowell Sun

Other

Donald Trump lashes out in all directions » Boston Globe Donald Trump entered a newly combustible phase of his campaign Tuesday as he declared himself unchained from Republican Party leaders and lashed out in all directions, even as his poll numbers continu…

Returning to Harvard, Libertarian VP Candidate Weld Holds Out Hope » The Harvard Crimson Returning to his alma mater, former Massachusetts Governor and now Libertarian Party Vice Presidential nominee William F. “Bill” Weld '66 projected confidence regarding his ticket's long-s…

Chelsea Clinton to campaign in Wellesley Thursday » State House News Service Amid a presidential campaign that has turned viciously personal, Hillary Clinton's daughter Chelsea Clinton will campaign at the Democratic nominee's alma mater Thursday.…

Bill Weld makes third-party case before Harvard Republicans » Boston Herald

Clinton campaign saw Mass. primary as a 'dogfight' with Sanders » Politico The final days of the Massachusetts primary were a “dogfight” between Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, according to the leaked emails of Clinton campaign chair John P…

Scott Brown says Donald Trump could still pull off victory » Boston Herald

Emails: Boston Globe coordinated how to maximize Hillary's 'presence' » New Boston Post Staff at The Boston Globe worked with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign to maximize her “presence” during her primary race against Sen. Bernie Sanders, new emails show.…

Online Lottery Push In Massachusetts Could Cover A Broad Spectrum Of Products » Online Poker Report During the 2016 legislative session Massachusetts reentered the online gambling conversation, and surprisingly made a lot of headway on the online lottery front. …

Bill Weld: Elect Trump and Risk Being 'Enslaved' » Boston Magazine

Revere mayor says developer should cover cost of slot parlor vote » State House News Service

Politics

Most local GOP candidates stick with Trump » Cape Cod Times As some national Republican leaders drop support for their party's nominee for president, local GOP candidates are mostly remaining true blue — or red, in this case — to Donald Trump.…

AG: Donald Trump's boasts are 'the talk of sexual violence,' not locker rooms » Boston Herald ttorney General Maura Healey today slammed Donald Trump's attempts to justify his boasts about groping women and called his language “the talk of sexual assault and sexual violence.”…

North Shore officials express outrage over Trump tape » Wicked Local Several area elected officials have condemned Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's lewd remarks about women that surfaced over the weekend.…

Charlie Baker's Success » National Review Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker is the anti–Donald Trump.…

Former rep, party vice-chair backing Tompkins in Dem chair race » State House News Service Former state Rep. Ray Jordan of Springfield, the vice chairman of the Democratic State Committee for 20 years, is backing Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins in the open race for party chair, sayin…

You Have Until Oct. 19 To Register In Mass. To Cast A November Vote » WBUR If you want to cast a ballot for the presidential race in Massachusetts, or for the closely watched statewide ballot questions, you have one week to register. The last day to register to vote for the…

Rep. Keiko Orrall holds re-election event at Baldies Pizza in Lakeville » South Coast Today Representative Keiko Orrall held a re-election pizza party recently at the new Baldies Craft Pizzeria in Lakeville. Rep. Orrall serves as the State Representative for Lakeville, Berkley, and Precinct…

Mass. Fiscal alliance trying new approach to influence elections » Sentinel & Enterprise Barred by a new law from sending out election mailers about particular candidates without also listing its own donors, the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance has taken a new approach this election season, …

Faith question stirs race for Governor's Council » State House News Service

Local Candidates Focus on Education at Hyannis Forum » Cape Cod Online

Rick Steves at UMass: Question 4 represents 'smart public policy' » The Republican

Partners gift to charter supporters rankles opponent » State House News Service

Public Health

To get this job, a former life as an addict is required » Boston Globe She was in her early 20s, homeless and in heroin's grip, when Nicole Bourgeois moved in underneath the Longfellow Bridge, with a view of Massachusetts General Hospital.…

Healey to hold opioid abuse forum in Lowell » The Valley Dispatch The opioid epidemic and related deaths in recent years have meant a dramatic increase in the number of grandparents and other relatives stepping up to take care of children impacted by the crisis.…

Spike In Organ Donations Parallels Overdose Deaths, Offering Comfort And Compounding Grief » WBUR For just over 24 hours, on the final day of June 2015, Colin LePage rode waves of hope and despair. It started when LePage found his 30-year-old son, Chris, at home after an apparent overdose. In a pa…

Question 4 opponents say timing isn't right » The Metro West Daily News Ballot Question 4, which would legalize the recreational use and the regulated sale of marijuana, is one of the most hotly debated referendums on the Massachusetts ballot for Nov. 8.…

Public Safety

State allows stronger Narcan doses » Gloucester Times Police officers, firefighters and other first-responders in Massachusetts will be allowed to carry more potent doses of the life-saving overdose antidote naloxone under new state guidelines.…

Study: In Mass., 1 In 5 Motorists Are Not Fastening Their Seat Belts » WBUR Click it, or ... Massachusetts (a state not exactly known for its great drivers) will keep lagging behind others when it comes to snapping in our seat belts.…

Proposed changes to privileges, regulations have prisoners on edge » Boston Globe A series of proposed changes to Department of Correction guidelines has prisoner rights-advocates, and specifically the prisoners themselves, on edge.…

Report: Senate panel misinformed voters about marijuana » Lowell Sun With less than a month until voters decide whether Massachusetts will legalize, regulate and tax marijuana, the campaign behind the ballot question is pushing back against information that forms the b…

Study: More in Massachusetts buckle up, but state still lags » Nashoba Publishing Seat belt usage has climbed to an all-time high in Massachusetts, yet according to new research from the state highway safety division more than one in five motorists still do not buckle up. An obser…

Giffords, Healey featured at "Vocal Majority" gun rally » State House News Service

State Government

Deval Patrick claims governors are immune from slander suits » Boston Herald The state's highest court will decide whether former Gov. Deval Patrick — and every governor from now on — has an extra, unprecedented layer of protection against defamation claims.…

Audit of Ernestina Commission finds pair of things going wrong » South Coast Today A routine state audit of the Schooner Ernestina Commission found problems with late-filed business and spending plans, and gaps in the accounting for the lead that was aboard the schooner when its cur…

Taxation

ATB nominee defends record in tax dispute cases » State House News Service

Transportation

Hamilton Canal redevelopment marks another milestone » Lowell Sun The Hamilton Canal District has hit another milestone, this time for the ceremonial start of work on what has been called a signature bridge and on utility and roadway infrastructure.…

I-Team: After Electronic Tolling Debut, MassDOT Contract Reveals What Other Changes Could Be Coming Down Pike » The Associated Press (AP) In just a few weeks, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will flip the switch for all-electronic tolling (AET) along the Mass. Turnpike. …

Contractors Sought for Green Line Extension Project: MassDOT » Stoneham Patch The MBTA is currently seeking letters of interest from contractors as it prepares to begin the next phase of the Green Line Extension project. On November 16, transit officials will host a forum to d…

Utilities

GE, Citi investments shift perceptions about offshore wind, rep says » State House News Service

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 8 to 12 Servings

Ingredients

1 cup raisins

Sherry or orange juice

1 pound egg noodles

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, more for pan

4 large eggs

3 cups cottage cheese

1 cup sour cream

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Grated zest of 1 lemon

Pinch of salt

Directions

1. Put raisins in a microwave-safe bowl or small saucepan and cover with sherry or orange juice. Heat on stove top or in microwave oven until liquid is steaming hot (about 1 1/2 minutes in microwave or 3 minutes on stove). Let cool while you prepare kugel mixture.

2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter an 11-by-17-inch jellyroll pan. Cook noodles according to package directions and drain well. Immediately return noodles to pot and add butter. Toss until butter melts.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cottage cheese, sour cream, sugar, cinnamon, lemon zest and salt. Drain raisins and add to bowl along with buttered noodles. Mix well.

4. Spread mixture in prepared pan and smooth top. Bake until top is crusty and golden, 25 to 35 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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