Sign up to receive the day's curated top stories, legislative schedule, press releases, and other daily features every morning in your inbox!

MassInsider
Jump To...
Quote of the Day Social Media Podcast Week Ahead Press Releases
Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Greater Boston Legal Services Client/Staff Lobby Event for Civil Legal Aid, Great Hall

10:00am 66th Air Base Group Annual Awards Recognition Week, Memorial Hall

10:30am House Committee on Ethics, Task Force on Integrity in State and Local Gov

11:00am Brain Injury Association of Mass. 2nd Annual Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase

11:00am School Excellence Awards, Nurses Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Civil Rights Rally for Immigrants and Muslims, Boston Common - across from State House

Must-Reads

Clergy want Baker to forcefully oppose Trump refugee edict » Boston Globe Scores of interfaith clergy and religious activists on Tuesday called on Governor Charlie Baker to strongly oppose President Trump's executive orders on immigration and refugees and pressed the state'…

Why Democrats Should Oppose Neil Gorsuch » New York Times It's important to remember just how radical - and, yes, unprecedented - the Senate's approach to the previous Supreme Court nominee was.…

Massachusetts Becomes the Second State to Sue Trump Over Muslim Ban » Slate Massachusetts will become the second state to sue the federal government over President Trump's executive order barring immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.…

Trump makes blue-state Republicans squirm » Politico The two most popular governors in America suddenly have a threat to their reelection: President Donald Trump.…

Anticipating end of Obamacare, state lawmakers press for contraceptive mandate » Boston Globe Faced with the threatened repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which provided free birth control to women for the first time, Massachusetts lawmakers are scrambling to deliver a bill that would preserve…

Clergy appeal to Baker in defending refugees, immigrants » State House News Service Clergy members of different faiths filled Gov. Charlie Baker's office lobby Tuesday, outlining their opposition to President Donald Trump's immigration and refugee executive order and explaining to tw…

Healey filing challenge to Trump's executive order on immigration » Politico Calling it unconstitutional, a violation of the First, Fifth and 10th amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and harmful to residents and businesses in Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey said …

“President Trump had the chance to select a consensus nominee to the Supreme Court. To the surprise of absolutely nobody, he failed that test. “Instead, he carried out his public promise to select a nominee from a list drawn up by far right activist groups that were financed by big business interests.

Elizabeth Warren

Speaking about President Trump's Supreme Court nomination Neil Gorsuch.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

High court nominee Neil Gorsuch is skeptical of government regulations » Boston Globe Neil Gorsuch, named Tuesday as President Trump's nominee for the US Supreme Court, is known for his clear, colloquial writing, advocacy for court review of government regulations, defense of religious…

Trump's backers see immigration crackdown as a promise kept » Boston Globe Roiling protests may make it seem like President Trump went too far with his immigration crackdown. But here's the truth as his ardent local supporters see it: Trump has delivered on his promise to up…

Senate fight looms over Gorsuch » Boston Globe President Trump nominated US Court of Appeals Judge Neil M. Gorsuch Tuesday night to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, setting up a potentially difficult confirmation battle in a Senate that has be…

Gorsuch Pick For Top Court Fulfills Trump Campaign Pledge, Confirms Democrats' Fears » WBUR After a dozen tumultuous days in the White House, President Trump on Tuesday night found a way to unite his party, delight his most ardent supporters and change the storyline on his nascent presidency…

Liberals To Senate Democrats: (Don't) Do Your Jobs » WBUR When House and Senate Democrats held a rally Monday night to oppose President Trump's executive order on refugees and immigrants, the crowd wasn't all on their side. Pockets of, "Do your job!" jeers …

The 'America First' President Sends His Defense Secretary To Asia » WBUR President Donald Trump's "America First" pronouncements will frame the first major international trip of his administration this week, as Defense Secretary James Mattis visits South Korea and Japan. …

Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court » The Associated Press (AP) President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, a fast-rising conservative judge with a writer's flair, to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, a selection expected to spark a fierce fight with Democrats ove…

Prosecutors Weigh Child-Pornography Charges Against Anthony Weiner » The Wall Street Journal Federal prosecutors are weighing bringing child-pornography charges against former Rep. Anthony Weiner over sexually explicit exchanges he allegedly had with a 15-year-old girl, according to people fa…

Casino mogul Steve Wynn tapped for top Republican finance post » Boston Globe Steve Wynn, the billionaire casino mogul who is building a resort in Everett, will serve as the new finance chairman of the Republican National Commitee, the party said Tuesday.…

US Sens. Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren blast President Donald Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court » Mass Live U.S. Sens. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, pledged to block President Donald Trump's pick of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, contending that t…

Trump's secretary of state pick headed for Senate approval » Lowell Sun President Donald Trump's nomination of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state is headed toward Senate confirmation after several Democrats crossed party lines to back the former Exxon Mobil CEO. …

Congressman Keating Opposes President's Immigration Order » Cape News

Business

City takes another try at moving forward plans for harborfront tower » Boston Globe The City of Boston has taken another stab at moving forward stalled plans for a skyscraper on the site of the Boston Harbor Garage.…

Study: It will take 170 years for women to be equal to men under current conditions » Boston Globe It's getting harder to be a woman. That's the conclusion of a new study on the Global Gender Gap from the World Economic Forum. …

Civil Rights

Hundreds rally in Worcester against immigration policy » Worcester Telegram While a crowd cheered and bobbed signs in the snowy night sky in front of City Hall Tuesday night, Mayor Joseph M. Petty continued to assure residents that no matter what shape federal policy on immig…

ACLU files complaint in Boston seeking full repeal of Trump order » Boston Herald

Crimes

Homicide charges sought for heroin dealers » The Salem News Drug dealers who deliver fatal doses of heroin could face murder charges if Massachusetts becomes the latest state to target the supply chain behind overdoses.…

Domestic Relations

Wheaton defies Trump with offer of refugee scholarship » The Sun Chronicle As colleges and universities around the nation speak out against President Donald Trump's executive order barring entry of Muslim immigrants and refugees into the United States, a local college is tak…

Education

UMass, Boston University leaders join Maura Healey as she challenges Trump immigration executive order » Mass Live The leaders of the University of Massachusetts and Boston University, along with immigrant advocates, joined Attorney General Maura Healey as she called President Donald Trump's executive order on imm…

BCC's downtown campus celebrates 15 years in New Bedford » South Coast Today Fifteen years ago, the New Bedford satellite campus of Bristol Community College had an inaugural class of 340 students. Now, the downtown campus welcomes nearly 2,000 students each fall and has accum…

Empowerment Zone Model Shows Progress In School Turnaround » WAMC Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, during his State of the Commonwealth Address a week ago, touted a new education model called “school empowerment zones.” …

Mass. education chief says state is 'in charge' regardless of secretary nominee » Worcester Telegram The state's commissioner of elementary and secondary education said Tuesday night he is trying to be "open-minded" to President Donald Trump's controversial education secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos.…

Bills aimed to empower schools get backing » Lowell Sun

Baker's “down-payment” stirs K-12 education funding debate » WWLP 22

Environment

Woods Hole scientists face climate of activism » Cape Cod Times When Woods Hole Research Center executive director Philip Duffy took the stage Jan. 21 at a rally on the Falmouth Village Green in support of the Women's March on Washington, he was shocked to be gree…

Health Care

Harvard medical students, doctors urge cancellation of fund-raiser at Mar-a-Lago » Boston Globe Hundreds of medical students, doctors, and other medical personnel opposed to President Trump's immigration order are urging the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to cancel a lavish fund-raiser at …

More than 500 advocates call for greater access to health care, sex education » Sampan More than 500 people across Massachusetts asked their state lawmakers Tuesday to champion sexual health policies that will expand access to care and improve the health and wellbeing of their communiti…

Lahey + Beth Israel: Is bigger better? » Commonwealth Magazine Even with all the uncertainty surrounding health care and the Affordable Care Act, Lahey Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are convinced bigger is better. …

Lend a voice to afforadable community healthcare » Lowell Sun "Lend your voice, because what each of you does and says is really important." …

Looming vote could unionize another Partners HealthCare hospital » Boston Business Journal Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital will have a vote to unionize an estimated 500 workers.…

Governor Baker's budget proposal does little for schools, a lot for healthcare » Bay State Banner

Brain injury service problems, coverage mandate highlighted » State House News Service

Human Services

'Surviving And Coping': Immigrant And Refugee Students In Boston React To Travel Ban » WBUR We sat down with students from the Boston International Newcomers Academy to talk about President Trump's decision to temporarily bar people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.…

Insurance

Aetna considers moving HQ to Boston: 4 things to know » Becker's Hospital Review Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna has engaged in discussions with the Massachusetts' governor's office for the past six months about transferring its headquarters to Boston, sources close to the discussions…

Judiciary

Healey sues Trump » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY GENERAL Maura Healey on Tuesday sued President Trump over what she called his “startling and chaotic” executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority c…

AG Healey: Mass. Is Joining Lawsuit Against Trump's Travel Ban » WBUR State Attorney General Maura Healey says Massachusetts will join a lawsuit challenging President Trump's controversial executive order that temporarily halts refugees and travel from certain Muslim-ma…

AGs sue Trump: States joining the legal battle over Trump's immigration order » The Berkshire Eagle Attorneys general in four states moved this week to join the burgeoning court battle over President Donald Trump's immigration order, which has prompted intense legal action since he signed it last we…

Lawmakers seek backing for justice reform bills » State House News Service Three Democrats on Wednesday will seek support for criminal justice bills and host a talk by a Suffolk prosecutor who has advocated for a compassionate approach to justice and tended bar at a Cambridg…

Byrne, Lynch confirmed for district court judgeships » State House News Service

Legislative

Rosenberg: We've got votes for pay hike veto » Boston Herald Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg sounded a note of confidence yesterday that the Legislature's controversial pay raise package should be law by week's end, despite a gubernatorial veto and contin…

Fed lawsuit threatened over bill prohibiting Native school monikers » Lowell Sun A Virginia law firm has deemed that the "by request" bill filed by Sen. Barbara L'Italien is discriminatory toward Native Americans and is threatening a federal lawsuit unless the legislative effort i…

Corridor Nine hosts annual legislative breakfast » Community Advocate Quoting the late Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Tip O'Neill, he added, “All politics are local.” …

Stipends, electronic voting addressed in Senate rules package » State House News Service The Senate would limit additional compensation to three stipends, allow roll calls to be conducted with electronic voting, and give more responsibility to its climate change committee under the propos…

Sheriff Hodgson criticizes Cabral's bills » South Coast Today Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson is taking issue with Rep. Antonio F.D. Cabral's bill aimed at inmate labor programs and federal immigration enforcement.…

Stipends, electronic voting addressed in Senate rules package » WWLP 22

Lobbying

Border tax sets off frenzy of lobbying » The Hill

Local Government

$19.6 million potentially at stake if Holyoke defies President Donald Trump on sanctuary city order » Mass Live The city received nearly $19.6 million in federal funds last year to help students living in poverty meet academic standards and for school lunches, housing, sidewalks and programs for the elderly, of…

Worcester council rejects Gaffney resolution on sanctuary policy » Worcester Telegram Striking at times a rather defiant tone, the City Council Tuesday night overwhelming rejected a resolution brought forward by Councilor-at-Large Michael T. Gaffney that opponents claimed was anti-immi…

Opinion

Travel ban creates a religious preference in our immigration system » Boston Globe For years, I have taught a course on the national security decision-making process at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.…

In Trump era, Baker should follow his heart a bit more » Boston Globe So this is how it's going to be in Trumplandia: Charlie Baker works the phones to understand the new president's executive order on immigrant travelers, while Boston Mayor Marty Walsh rushes to Logan …

Editorial: Call to action on pay override – and who to call » Worcester Telegram If you don't appreciate how the Massachusetts Legislature is rushing through a $12- to $18-million pay increase package, you still have a voice before tomorrow's votes to override the veto by Gov. Cha…

Our view: Finally, use of motels for homeless comes to an end » The Salem News Years of sheltering homeless families in local motels is finally coming to an end. As of last week, only two families remained in Danvers motels, down from 195 four years ago.…

Where is Jared Kushner? » New York Times Remember the good old days - by which I mean just a few weeks ago - when there was hope and talk that Donald Trump's 36-year-old son-in-law would play the angel to Steve Bannon's devil, tempering the…

How Much Can Trump Get Away With? » WBUR If Donald Trump's harsh and heartless executive order summarily banning visitors from selected Muslim countries is intended to keep America safe, as the president alleges, it will likely be a stunning…

Editorial: Too far on taxes » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker earlier this month proposed a modest new system for taxing short-term rentals in Massachusetts, so naturally a Democratic lawmaker has one-upped him with a convoluted, multi-layered…

Justification For 40% Legislative Leadership Raises Is Political Voodoo » WGBH News When doing the people's will is secondary to legislators' self-interest, how strong is our democracy? The state Legislature is on the verge of overriding the Governor's veto of legislation that includ…

Carr: Hotline proved a rude awakening for Maura Healey » Boston Herald When Maura Healey set up the “hate crimes hotline” after her candidate lost the election, do you think she had any idea what kinds of calls would start coming in?…

Your View: Winter energy solutions are all imperfect » South Coast Today Dr. James Recht falsely argues ("Letter: Beliefs no substitute for facts on gas," Jan. 25) that the taxpayer-funded energy study commissioned by Attorney General Maura Healey concluded that "no new pi…

PETER LUCAS: Beacon Hill's Cheech & Chong act hits it big » Lowell Sun Greed is good. If you don't believe the words of Gordon Gekko, the lead character in the classic movie "Wall Street," then just ask two of the most powerful politicians on Beacon Hill.…

Suit shows ignorance of Second Amendment » Cape Cod Times

Politics

A Caustic Trumpian Tone Invades Newton's Politics » WGBH News President Trump is known for caustic tweets and a disregard for political correctness. His campaign ushered in a new level of name-calling and mudslinging to presidential politics. There's been a simi…

MA Dem Chair Bickford Blasts Baker for Lack of Comments on Trump Administration » Go Local Worcester

Some Massachusetts Republicans not eager to talk about President Trump's immigration order; others split on policy » Mass Live

GOP knocks top Dems for silence over pay raises » State House News Service

Public Safety

Walsh, Evans Plan To Work With Police Union On Body Camera Extension » WGBH News As the embattled six-month police body camera pilot program nears completion, Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans says he's hoping to extend the trial and anticipates the cooperation of Boston's lar…

State Government

State eyes takeover of Reggie Lewis Ctr. » Boston Herald State legislators are looking to take control of the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center away from Roxbury Community College after a series of high-profile controversies last year, a move one state…

Alcoholic beverage commissioner named » Worcester Business Journal Jean M. Lorizio has been named commissioner of the state's Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC), according to a statement from Treasurer Deb Goldberg on Tuesday.…

Massachusetts AG joins legal challenge to immigration order » The Sun Chronicle Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, with the backing of the state's Republican governor, said Tuesday her office was joining a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging …

Maura Healey Is Suing the President Again » Boston Magazine Maura Healey isn't messing around. Sounding the alarm about the impact of Donald Trump's executive order on immigration and describing it as Islamophobia run amok, the Massachusetts attorney general a…

Pay raise bill includes $65,000 housing allowance for governor » Boston Globe The governor would get not just a $35,000 salary increase but also a $65,000 housing allowance under the pay raise proposal that Massachusetts legislative leaders are rushing to put into place this we…

Faith Leaders Call On Baker To Become More Vocal In Opposing Trump's Travel Ban » WBUR A group of faith leaders from the Boston area is calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to become more vocal in his opposition of certain immigration policies of the Trump administration. Dozens of pastors, r…

Bills Across The Country Could Increase Penalties For Protesters » WBUR From the Black Lives Matter movement to environmentalists trying to stop new oil pipelines to the recent Women's March against President Trump, the past year has been filled with large, often spontane…

Maura Healey joins other AGs in suing prez over immigration order » Boston Herald Thousands of Bay Staters halted by President Trump's controversial immigration order include hundreds of tech employees, medical researchers and university students, say top business and education lea…

Healey joins Trump lawsuit » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey was joined by leaders from the business, academic, and health communities Tuesday in announcing that she is seeking to intervene in a federal lawsuit challenging Presiden…

Harvard scholars: Trump's travel ban deprives US of best, brightest » The Berkshire Eagle Harvard Medical School professor Thomas Michel was so excited about recruiting Iranian researcher Soheil Saravi, he put Saravi's name on the door of his Boston lab when his new hire got his visa. …

AG files complaint to strike Trump immigration, refugee order » Wicked Local Brookline Calling President Donald Trump's temporary immigration restrictions "unconstitutional," Attorney General Maura Healey moved on Tuesday to add Massachusetts and the University of Massachusetts to a fed…

Transportation

Cabbies say the end is near as Uber, Lyft come to Logan » Boston Globe Is this the death knell for the taxi industry in Boston?…

MassDOT decides South Coast Rail will be built in phases » South Coast Today South Coast Rail, at least for the near future, is headed toward a different track as the Mass. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday it will be built in phases, starting with two rush-hour t…

Legislators urge decision on Registry site » The Salem News It's been more than seven months since the state closed the Registry of Motor Vehicles office in Danvers. Now state legislators from the area are wondering why it's taking so long to choose a new loca…

States reconsider suspending licenses of drivers with drug convictions » PBS Newshour When Shane Bradwell got out of jail in 2011, he knew he would have a hard time getting a job, so he decided to start a house-painting business. But he quickly ran into a roadblock: Massachusetts suspe…

Email suggests Middleborough route for South Coast Rail » State House News Service According to an email that the state's transportation secretary said had been sent in error, the initial phase of a long-sought train project would bring commuter rail to Fall River and New Bedford vi…

Massachusetts State Representative Carvalho files bill to improve Fairmount Line service » Bay State Banner

Utilities

Feds say Pilgrim nuclear plant can continue to operate » Boston Globe Federal regulators said Tuesday that Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station can continue to operate but will remain under intense federal scrutiny after a government inspection found at least 10 safety issues …

New solar plan cuts subsidies in half » Commonwealth Magazine THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION UNVEILED a next-generation solar incentive plan on Tuesday that is expected to cut in half the subsidies paid by the state's electric ratepayers while giving developers more c…

Weymouth compressor station foes to rally at State House Thursday » Patriot Ledger

Despite More Violations, Pilgrim Operating Safely, NRC Says » Cape Cod Online

Social Media Spotlight

massvote

staterepmatias

ppadvocacyma

bestbuddiesma

1199mass



Elizabeth Warren

@SenWarren

Speaker Bob DeLeo

@SpeakerDeLeo

Maura Healey

@MassAGO


Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Galvin orders LPL brokerage to repay $2.5 million to investors » Boston Globe

Galvin orders LPL to pay $3.7 million in restitution, fines over unsuitable VA sales » Investment News

Stan Rosenberg compares Trump order to Nazi Germany » Boston Herald

Gonzalez backs $15 min. wage, would explore single payer » Worcester Business Journal

Senate prez expects lawmakers to override pay raise veto this week » Boston Herald

Aetna looking for property in Boston, NewsCenter 5 learns » WCVB

Wages, taxes, benefits on agenda for powerful worker coalition » State House News Service

Senate moving out by April, moving ahead with major renovation » State House News Service

State's payroll falls — slightly — for first time in years » Boston Globe

Healey, others make business argument against Trump's immigration ban » Boston Business Journal

Healey sues Trump, charges order strikes at 'lifeblood' of Mass. economy » Boston Herald

Admin charts new course for solar incentives » State House News Service

Hearing on restraining order on Trump's immigration ban set for Friday » Boston Globe

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey: My message to Donald Trump is 'no one is above the law' » The Republican

Sexual Health Lobby Day” held at State House,WWLP 22 News,,0,,,0,0,358,0,0,0,0,0,,,12,0,2017-01-31 16:45:35,1780,, 116892,1,2017-01-31 00:00:00,http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20170131/political-notes-hunt-drops-political-posts-from-facebook-page,Political Notes: Hunt drops political posts from Facebook page,Cape Cod Times,,0,,,0,0,358,0,0,0,0,0,,,12,0,2017-01-31 16:46:04,1780,, 116893,1,2017-01-31 00:00:00,http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2017/01/aetna_considers_moving_headqua » Boston Globe

**** Here’s a great way for you to get your message in front of a large and sophisticated audience of government relations professionals. It’s an especially nice way to communicate with them if you don’t have the time or capacity to create banner ads, or advocacy-oriented web pages. For more information, please contact us at massinsider@instatrac.com. ****
Recipe of the Week

Tamarind & Ancho Braised Short Rib Chili Dip

Carl Dooley of the Table at Season to Taste

Ingredients

4 lbs. boneless short rib, cut into 1-inch cubes (“Savenor’s Market will hook you up!” Dooley says)
4 tbsp. ground cumin
4 tbsp. ground coriander
2 tbsp. ancho chile powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. salt
6 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 cup red wine
1 cup canned tomatoes, diced
4 oz. seedless tamarind paste
1 quart chicken stock

FOR GARNISH:
Queso fresco
Pickled jalapeños
Chopped fresh cilantro
Chopped scallions

Directions

Combine the cumin, coriander, ancho chile, cinnamon and salt and toss the cubed short rib with this spice mixture. In a large heavy bottomed pan or dutch oven, brown the seasoned meat in oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes more. Add the red wine, tomatoes, tamarind paste and chicken stock and stir well. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook on a low heat, stirring occasionally, for approximately two hours, until the meat is tender and falls apart easily. Use a fork to break apart the meat cubes. Top the finished chili with crumbled queso fresco, pickled jalapeños, chopped fresh cilantro, chopped scallions and a drizzle of your favorite hot sauce. Serve warm with tortilla chips.



47 Winter Street #5 - Boston - MA 02108
About Us
Privacy Policy
Connect With Us
Phone: (617) 292-1800

You have received this message because you are signed up for MassInsider. Click here to unsubscribe. Email us at info@instatrac.com. We appreciate any feedback or suggestions.

Copyright © 2016 Instatrac, Inc. All Rights Reserved.