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Swearing-in and convening of 2017-2018 General Court

8:00am Inauguration Ceremonies for the 190th General Court, House and Senate Chambers and Great Hall

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Must-Reads

Trash commission stalls over reporting date » Commonwealth Magazine WITH TIME RUNNING OUT in the 2015-2016 session on Tuesday night, the Legislature failed to reach agreement on legislation to boost municipal recycling and reduce trash disposal to no more than 450 pou…

4 Big Issues Likely To Come Up In The New Mass. Legislative Session » WBUR The 190th biennium session of the state Legislature — which begins Wednesday — won't be much different than the 189th. There will only be 12 new representatives and three new senators, m…

Schumer adopts Trump slogan: GOP wants to 'Make America sick again' » Politico The new Senate minority leader outlined in a Playbook interview his strategy for pushing back on the Republican effort to repeal the health care law. …

What's on Beacon Hill's agenda? » Boston Globe How high on marijuana is too high to drive? Should the state tax Airbnb rentals? Can a new law slow the rise of health care costs?…

Judges need discretion — and defendants need fairness — in sentencing » Boston Globe WHILE I appreciate the important work that District Attorney Michael O'Keefe and his office do to prosecute criminals on the Cape and Islands (“Mandatory minimums play a role in criminal justice…

Zuckerberg's 2017 Challenge Hints at Political Plans » Newser (NEWSER) – Mark Zuckerberg sets himself a personal challenge every year and the one for 2017 sounds more suited to a political candidate than a tech CEO: In a Facebook post Tuesday, Zuckerberg …

State lawmakers return to Beacon Hill » Sentinel & Enterprise State lawmakers are returning to Beacon Hill for the start of a new legislative session and their first order of business will be electing leaders for the next two years. Robert DeLeo is expected to …

Rosenberg is first of "big three" to tip policy preferences » State House News Service

"At a time when our Nation is so divided, when so many feel so deeply that their lived experience is unjust, Mr. Sessions is the wrong person to place in charge of our justice system,"

Deval patrick

Expressing his opposition to Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Deval Patrick joins chorus of legal eagles decrying AG nominee » Boston Herald Former Bay State Gov. Deval Patrick joined hundreds of legal scholars in clamoring for Congress to dump President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, a week before the Senate Judiciary Com…

Patrick steps forward to renew old rivalry with Sessions » Boston Globe The Alabama case seemed hopeless.…

The ethics fight in the House has exposed GOP infighting » Boston Globe House Republicans, faced with a firestorm of public anger and presidential disapproval, abandoned a just-approved amendment Tuesday that would have gutted the independent House Office of Congressional…

Hillary And Bill Clinton To Attend Trump Inauguration » WBUR It looks like an almost-full complement of ex-presidents will be watching from the inaugural stand when Donald Trump takes the oath of office Jan. 20 — along with the candidate Trump defeated i…

Ex-Gov. Patrick Urges U.S. Senate Committee To Reject Attorney General Nominee Sessions » WBUR Former Gov. Deval Patrick, who once faced off in an Alabama courtroom against Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions, wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday accusing the senator of "quas…

Business

Big landlord wants to sell 33 buildings in Boston area » Boston Globe One of Boston's old-school landlords says he's cashing in his chips. Again.…

Business Confidence Hits 12-Year High » AIM Blog Confidence among Massachusetts employers hit its highest level in 12 years during December amid the prospect of growth initiatives from the new administration in Washington and a continued strong stat…

Vennochi, Herald miss the point » Commonwealth Magazine Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi and the Boston Herald editorial page rush to the defense of the Beacon Hill insiders who last week pushed through legislation tweaking the timetable of the marijua…

Marijuana law: Chelmsford delegation airs mixed views on governor's delay » Wicked Local Chelmsford On Dec. 28, in an informal session, the state House of Representatives and Senate voted to delay the implementation of part of Question 4, legalizing recreational marijuana use and retail sale in earl…

Smith & Wesson completes name change to American Outdoor Brands » The Republican Venerable Smith & Wesson completed its transition Tuesday to a new corporate name -- American Outdoor Brands Corporation -- which is more fitting with its diversification strategy.…

Million-square-foot marijuana growing facility to open this fall in Massachusetts » The Republican Tucked away on 53 acres of land in a small Bristol County town, a million-square-foot facility is being built to meet the growing demand for marijuana in Massachusetts. The property -…

Education

Lawmakers OK Montigny's school defibrillator bill; send to gov » South Coast Today Every school in Massachusetts would need to have automated external defibrillators on site by July 2018, under a bill championed by SouthCoast Sen. Mark Montigny that passed the state Legislature Tues…

State must signal arts education matters » Commonwealth Magazine ARTS EDUCATION PROVIDES vital learning benefits, helping students develop 21st Century skills such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and teamwork. Research has also sh…

With Nation's Second On-Campus VFW Post At Northeastern, Vets Look Beyond Smoky Bars » WBUR The Veterans of Foreign Wars now counts two posts on college campuses. The nonprofit veterans' service organization was founded in 1899. And in recent years, it's struggled to engage younger veterans…

Health Care

Local activists advocate for medical marijuana changes » Salem News Local activist Gary "Gigi" Gill was among those from Salem who headed to Boston Tuesday for a rally to advocate for improved access to medical marijuana, as the state Department of Public Health mulls…

Changes in the works for Massachusetts medical marijuana law » The Republican Proposed changes to Massachusetts' medical marijuana regulations aim to make it easier for patients in hospice care to access medical marijuana. But patient advocates say the new rules will not addres…

Obama, Pence to Capitol as ACA fight begins » Sentinel & Enterprise President Barack Obama is traveling to the Capitol to give congressional Democrats advice on how to combat the Republican drive to dismantle his health care overhaul. Vice President-elect Mike Pence …

Judiciary

Sampson Trial Continues; How Baker Could Shape State's Highest Court » WBUR Closing arguments are set for tomorrow in the death penalty case of Gary Lee Sampson. …

Brockton lawyer nominated as Juvenile Court judge » The Enterprise

Labor

$15 minimum wage could cost Mass. jobs » Boston Globe A $15 minimum wage would drive up compensation costs for three-quarters of the state's employers, according to two recent surveys conducted by the Associated Industries of Massachusetts.…

Employers wave caution flag on 'emotionally appealing' $15 minimum wage » The Herald News Raising the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour would increase costs for about 70 percent of Massachusetts businesses, forcing some to hold off on hiring or consider moving elsewhere, two surveys cond…

Legislative

Ashland: State Rep. Sannicando works to the wire » Wicked Local Framingham After 12 years as a state representative, Tom Sannicandro's tenure on Beacon Hill, where he built a reputation as an advocate for the mentally disabled and special education reform, has come to an end…

Pro-pot senators pass on blocking delay » Commonwealth Magazine SENATE PRESIDENT STANLEY ROSENBERG last week notified three of his colleagues who support marijuana legalization that the Senate was preparing to push back the starting date for retail sales by six mo…

House Speaker Robert DeLeo elected to 5th term leading Massachusetts House » The Republican

Senate president stresses criminal justice reform, income disparity » Boston Globe

In new term, DeLeo will focus on leveraging state's strengths » State House News Service

Local Government

Chicopee Mayor Kos hires new special projects manager » The Republican A Parks and Recreation employee has been hired as the special projects manager for Mayor Richard J. Kos.…

State's longest serving mayor sworn in again in Leominster » Worcester Telegram A city councilor, a former mayor and a longtime teacher and community volunteer were remembered Tuesday night at the city's inaugural services in City Hall.…

Millbury voters adopt methadone clinic restrictions, marijuana moratorium » Worcester Telegram After barely drawing a quorum of 100 voters, with an unofficial count of 108, special town meeting voters approved zoning bylaws Tuesday to restrict the location of methadone and other medication-assi…

Rivera posts early lead in mayoral fundraising » The Eagle Tribune Mayor Daniel Rivera raised $32,082 in December for his upcoming re-election campaign, more than doubling the balance in his account and putting him well ahead of his potential rivals in a race that is…

New policy in Hopkinton requires cameras in liquor stores by 2018 » The Metro West Daily News Package stores are now required to video record all sales under the town's new alcohol policy, but business owners have until next year to install the new equipment.…

New ordinance allows Lowell to fine nuisance properties » Lowell Sun A new ordinance allows the city to levy harsh penalties on properties that are frequent sources of calls to police and fire departments.…

Incoming Brockton City Council president pledges cost containment in 2017 » The Enterprise Robert Sullivan said that Brockton will make sure to manage public assets and spending carefully in 2017 under the guidance of the 11-member City Council, while also working to ensure that local publi…

New Bedford in line to have state's 1st Arts, Culture and Tourism Promotion Fund » South Coast Today Pending Gov. Charlie Baker's approval, New Bedford is in line to have the state's first Arts, Culture and Tourism Promotion Fund, Sen. Mark Montigny and Rep. Antonio F. D. Cabral said.…

Year in Review:A Look at the People and Events of 2016 » East Boston Times On Saturday night the final seconds of 2016 will tick away and East Boston residents will join the world community and look to a new year with optimism and hope. …

Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian to Be Sworn In Wednesday » Beacon Hill Patch Peter Koutoujian will be sworn in Wednesday for his second term as Middlesex County sheriff. Koutoujian won his bid for re-election after defeating Barry Kelleher in the State Primary in September. H…

Opinion

Time to invest in rain boots » Boston Globe STEPHEN GRAY nailed it on the drastic effects that the impending sea level rise may have on areas in Boston that are vulnerable to flooding (“Is 'Imagine Boston 2030' climate ready?”). …

Editorial: Six-month delay warranted for implementing state's marijuana law » Worcester Telegram The state's six-month delay in fully implementing the ballot question legalizing marijuana for recreational use is warranted even if the Massachusetts Legislature's ham-handed approach to bringing it …

West Coast, best coast? On climate change, perhaps » Boston Globe CALIFORNIA'S STAND on climate change should be an inspiration to Massachusetts. …

Carr: Trump Derangement Syndrome reaches epidemic levels » Boston Herald Are you or someone you know suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), the new mental disorder sweeping college towns, gated communities and other trust-funder enclaves across the nation?…

Where were you when we needed you, Deval Patrick? » Boston Globe

Michael Ashe Jr. leaves strong legacy for Hampden County (Reader viewpoint) » The Republican

Politics

State Democratic Chairman to Speak With Cape Democrats » Gloucester Times Marijuana won't be legally sold in Massachusetts for another 18 months, yet lawmakers are already being pushed to hike taxes amid warnings of a flourishing black market if rates are set too high.…

AG Healey to address Trump anxiety at North Shore town hall » Wicked Local Beverly

Roxbury advocate to run against Tito Jackson » Boston Globe A longtime Roxbury advocate who took over the Boston TenPoint Coalition has announced that he is launching a City Council bid in District 7, which is currently represented by Councilor Tito Jackson.…

Jackson to face opposition in Roxbury if he runs for reelection » Universal Hub Community organizer Rufus Faulk used Facebook to announce his bid for the Roxbury city-council seat now held by Tito Jackson in this fall's election.…

Tito Jackson says decision to run for mayor will come in spring » Boston Herald Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson said he would wait until the spring to decide whether he would challenege Mayor Martin J. Walsh for the reins of the city. …

Former aide to Deval Patrick considers challenging Charlie Baker » Boston Globe

Connolly takes oath as state representative, a more powerful activist and object lesson » Cambridge Day

Public Safety

Fallen officer's family demands 'Patriots Day' answers » Boston Herald The family of a Boston police officer who died from injuries sustained in the Watertown shootout after the 2013 marathon bombing is formally demanding the makers of “Patriots Day” explain …

Agawam Police Chief Eric Gillis says indictment of Officer Gary Nardi reflects badly on department » The Republican Officer Gary Nardi Jr.'s indictment for allegedly stealing from the Agawam Police Patrolman's Association reflects badly on the entire department, according to Agawam Police Chief Eric P. Gillis.…

Son of WWII veteran getting his father's medals, with help of Mass. probation officer » Boston Globe Mark Costa, a Fall River probation officer, was overseeing about 200 offenders when a handwritten note in one of their files stopped him cold.…

In wake of fatal blaze, state firefighters union calls on Holyoke mayor to reinstate 'browned-out' fire engine » The Republican In the wake of a New Year's Day fire that killed three and left dozens homeless, the state firefighters union on Tuesday called on Mayor Alex B. Morse to restore a fire engine that has been taken out …

Campanello officially out, but questions linger » Gloucester Times The retirement of Police Chief Leonard Campanello is now official, three months after Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken ousted him following an investigation that found he misled investigators and lied to th…

Could Handing Out Money End Poverty? » WBUR Finland is the latest country in the news for test-driving an elegantly simple anti-poverty plan. Starting in 2017, it will hand out money to 2,000 randomly selected Finns who are out of work.…

Violent crime and incarceration down in Mass, DA says » Wicked Local Dedham

State Government

Read the full letter Deval Patrick wrote opposing Trump attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions » Boston.com Since leaving the State House corner office, Deval Patrick has largely evaded the limelight of national politics.…

Baker OKs lawmakers' pot delay » Wicked Local Swampscott Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed a law pushing back the schedule for retail marijuana operations in Massachusetts by six months, a move announced as about a dozen protesters gathered outside the St…

Mass. gun owners appeal for more information about Attorney General Maura Healey and her 'copycat' weapons crackdown » The Republican

Former Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Blasts Trump's Nomination of Sessions To Be AG » New Boston Post Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has inserted himself into the debate over President-elect Donald Trump's pick of Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions to be the next U.S. attorney gener…

Major issues that could test bonds of Beacon Hill in 2017 » Sentinel & Enterprise In addition to the wildcard that is Donald Trump's presidency, here's a look at 11 simmering issues that could escalate to a full boil in the 2017-2018 legislative session, which gets underway today o…

Democrat states want to keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases tax returns » The Barnstable Patriot Lawmakers in several deep-blue states want to require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the ballot in those states, a sharp rebuke of President-elect Donald Tr…

Cape and Islands Senator-elect Julian Cyr organizes for action » The Barnstable Patriot Julian Cyr, state Senator-elect for the Cape and Islands, has been busy filling his staff, training for his new role and doing something he loves: organizing. Soon after the Nov. 8 election, the Trur…

Consumer Affairs Division Launches Public Data Breach Archive » Banker & Tradesman

Baker sticking with recipe, but Dems have the numbers » State House News Service

Taxation

Film tax credit's bottom line: 'A bum deal' » Boston Herald Bay State residents earned about 75 cents on every dollar the state gave out in tax credits to film and Hollywood productions, according to new state data, reigniting criticism of the controversial ta…

Some urge higher taxes on Massachusetts marijuana sales » The Eagle Tribune Marijuana won't be legally sold in Massachusetts for another 18 months, yet lawmakers are already being pushed to hike taxes amid warnings of a flourishing black market if rates are set too high. A v…

Transportation

Parking meter hikes tested in Back Bay, Seaport » Boston Globe They grumbled. They parked. And then they paid.…

New Boston parking meter rates have drivers steaming » Boston Herald Some drivers were incensed at the city's new parking meter rates that are forcing people who stop in the Back Bay or Seaport to carry an extra-large stack of coins to feed the meter.…

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Recipe of the Week

Dan Dan Noodles

Joanne Chang, owner of Flour Bakery + Cafe

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup peanut oil
  • 1/2 cup raw peanuts
  • 1 small jalapeño, minced
  • 1 small garlic clove, halved
  • One 1/4-inch slice of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha chile sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 12 ounces chow mein noodles
  • Cucumber matchsticks, sliced scallions, chopped cilantro, sesame seeds and lime halves, for garnish

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, heat the peanut oil. Add the peanuts and fry over moderate heat until golden, about 8 minutes; let cool slightly. Transfer the peanuts and oil to a food processor. Add the jalapeño, garlic and ginger and process until minced. Add the soy sauce, water, rice vinegar, Sriracha, sugar and sesame oil and process until smooth. Season generously with salt.

  2. In a pot of boiling salted water, cook the noodles until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water; pat dry. Toss the noodles with the dressing and mound in serving bowls; top with the garnishes and serve.



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