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Must-Reads

G.O.P. Senators Suggest Changes for Health Care Bill Offered by House » The New York Times Speaker Paul D. Ryan cited the Congressional Budget Office's forecast for a $337 billion cut in the deficit to try to gain the backing of G.O.P. conservatives.…

Amid allegations, state weighs new police board » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker is declining to address alleged discrimination and harassment within the barracks of the Massachusetts State Police, as an effort to increase oversight of law enforcement office…

Are you ignoring the GOP health plan because you're covered at work? You shouldn't. » Boston Globe It's not just the poor who stand to lose coverage under the Republicans' new health care plan. Millions of higher-income Americans who get insurance through their employers would also join the ranks o…

Rex Tillerson Used Email Alias at Exxon to Discuss Climate Change, New York Says » The Wall Street Journal The New York attorney general accused Exxon Mobil Corp. Monday of withholding documents from his office as it investigates whether the energy company misrepresented its understanding of climate change…

Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women? » The Atlantic Tech companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to improve conditions for female employees. Here's why not much has changed—and what might actually work.…

Opinion: TrumpCare Needs a New Doctor » Roll Call Before Tom Price was Donald Trump's Health and Human Services secretary, he was a conservative member of Congress. Before that, he was a mustachioed orthopedic surgeon in Atlanta, Georgia. For the sak…

O'Malley tests 2020 waters with Iowa poll » Politico Donald Trump is only in his second month in the White House, but already one Democrat is polling his party's Iowa caucus-goers ahead of a possible 2020 run for the presidency. …

The Deliciously Fishy Case of the "Codfather" » Mother Jones The fake Russians met the Codfather on June 3, 2015, at an inconspicuous warehouse on South Front Street in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The Codfather's lair is a green and white building with a peaked…

Mass. gets 'F' for lead pipe disclosure policies » State House News Service The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) report released Tuesday said a limited disclosure policy in Massachusetts "does not require the seller to disclose knowledge of defects on the property or environm…

Boston teachers' union calls for protest as contract talks stall » Boston Herald The Boston Teachers Union is calling on its members to protest stalled contract talks after it says Boston Public Schools officials have “barely budged” on key issues, including pay equity…

Trump's Ouster of Federal Prosecutors: What It Means for Massachusetts » WGBH President Donald Trump abruptly asked 46 federal prosecutors who were holdovers from the Obama administration to step down. To be sure, it's common practice for an incoming president — especial…

“New England lies so much farther east that we really are in a different part of the country,” said Tom Emswiler, of Quincy, a member of the commission and main proponent of the time-change proposal. “That’s why this makes so much sense.”

Tom Emswiler - member of the Time Zone Commission

Advocating for Massachusetts to change time zones.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

The Man Who Wants to Unmake the West » Politico Europeans are starting to worry that Steve Bannon has the EU in his cross hairs. Here's how the White House could genuinely help pull it apart. …

Breitbart Is A Player In This Paul Ryan-White House Drama » BuzzFeed “Anything that is harmful to passing the president's agenda is counterproductive,” one White House official told BuzzFeed News, the day after a Breitbart exclusive put Speaker Ryan and Pre…

Four takeaways on the GOP healthcare plan from Obamacare creator Jonathan Gruber » Boston Business Journal If you ask Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist and one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act, the Republican plan to replace Obamacare is like a carnival game — rigged to lose, with prizes…

Rep. Lynch: Health Care Vote Will Come Down To The Wire » WGBH Rep. Stephen Lynch expects House Republicans to take desperate measures to pass a controversial health care bill known as the American Health Care Act. …

Trump Paid About $38 Million In Federal Taxes In 2005, Leaked Returns Say » WBUR Donald Trump and his wife Melania earned about $150 million in 2005 and paid federal taxes of about $38 million, the White House said tonight. The Trump administration made the revelation after copie…

Trump Travel Ban Faces Court Hearings By Challengers Today » WBUR At least two judges will hear last-minute challenges today to President Trump's revised executive order on immigration, which goes into effect tomorrow. The order temporarily halts the U.S. refugee pr…

Ethics Documents Suggest Conflict Of Interest By Trump Adviser » WBUR Federal records indicate that a key adviser to President Trump held substantial investments in 18 companies when he joined Trump in meetings with their CEOs. The investments of Christopher Liddell, t…

Trump's actions raise fears about access to government data » State House News Service Wondering who is visiting the White House? The web-based search has gone dark. Curious about climate change? Some government sites have been softened or taken down. Worried about racial discrimination…

Trump adviser: Secret warrant may have caught hacker contact » Lowell Sun Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone says he believes his contacts with a Russian-linked hacker who took credit for breaching the Democratic National Committee may have been obtained through a FISA war…

Business

Car lenders are using remote shut-off to collect delinquent payments » Boston Globe Auto financing companies increasingly are using electronic devices to remotely shut down vehicles in Massachusetts and other states when an owner falls behind on loan payments, raising concerns about …

New England's Ski Industry Prepares For A Changing Climate » WBUR For the first time in decades, the length of the U.S. ski season is shrinking. And as climate change affects winter, an industry transformation is under way. One expert says most ski mountains in sou…

Marijuana lobby ready to spend more to defend Mass. law » Herald News Marijuana advocates spent millions of dollars to put a legal marijuana law in place in Massachusetts last year, and indicated Monday they are willing to spend more to protect the law approved by almos…

GE Digital will move 100 employees to temporary Boston HQ » Boston Business Journal

Crimes

Report: NYC agents under internal investigation in mob probe; impact on Western Massachusetts suspects unclear » The Republican FBI agents in New York may have imperiled a sweeping RICO case that triggered the arrests of 46 reputed mobsters from here to South Florida in August, according to reports.…

Environment

EPA Reopens U.S. Rules Setting Vehicle Efficiency Standards For 2025 » WBUR U.S. automakers may not have to reach fuel efficiency standards that were set during President Obama's administration, as the Environmental Protection Agency says it's reopening a review of the rules.…

Gaming

Mass. Treasurer Deb Goldberg more concerned about new Connecticut casino's impact on MGM Springfield than state lottery » The Republican Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said she is not worried that a casino just south of the Connecticut-Massachusetts border will hurt state Lottery revenues.…

Westport officials concerned about casino presence » Herald News The town needs to start "squeezing" Tiverton and casino developers about the impact that a Twin Rivers casino and hotel would have on Westport, according to Selectman Steven Ouellette.…

Fight over Mashpee tribe's land, casino continues in Trump era » Cape Cod Times The Justice Department has not yet decided whether to appeal a judge's rejection of the way the government took land into trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in a case that halted construction of th…

Health Care

Obamacare repeal could hurt rural areas — a key Trump constituency » Boston Globe Republicans from rural states increasingly are worried that their party's plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would inflict damage on vulnerable communities, especially the poor and middle-aged in…

Sanchez: A few common themes emerged » Commonwealth Magazine IN MAY OF 2016, I was named co-chair of the Special Commission on Provider Price Variation, a 23-member group consisting of legislators, insurers, providers, employers, and other stakeholders. The com…

Key In GOP Health Care Overhaul: Massive Changes To Medicaid » WBUR The debate over how many people would lose health insurance under the Republican health care overhaul and its impact on the budget deficit obscures one of the major and most far-reaching effects of th…

Congress' analyst: Millions to lose coverage under GOP bill » State House News Service Fourteen million Americans would lose coverage next year under House Republican legislation remaking the nation's health care system, and that number would balloon to 24 million by 2026, Congress' bud…

White House tries to salvage GOP health-care proposal as criticism mounts » The Andover Townsman The White House launched an intensive effort Tuesday to salvage support for the Republican plan to revise the Affordable Care Act, even as a growing number of lawmakers weighed in against the proposal…

Insurance

Coalition backing Baker in his push for health insure assessment » State House News Service

Judiciary

Suspended probate register claims probe 'orchestrated' » Boston Herald Suspended Suffolk County Register of Probate Felix D. Arroyo is throwing shade on the independent investigation of his tenure at the court, charging that court administrator Harry Spence is feeding qu…

DiMasi seeking to get off home confinement after getting sprung from jail » Boston Herald Former State House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi is on the rebound and wants his home confinement in Melrose lifted less than four months after a judge sprung him from federal prison two years early. …

Ex-Speaker DiMasi Seeks Easing of Probation Conditions » US News and World Report Former Massachusetts House speaker Salvatore DiMasi is asking a judge to ease his probation conditions months after he was freed from prison under a compassionate release program. …

Brookline attorney nominated for Appeals Court » State House News Service

Legislative

Backers of new time zone cite health, economic benefits » Newburyport News The winter sun sets in Massachusetts earlier than in other states on the East Coast, which for many commuters means several dreary months of trekking home in darkness.…

Rep. Michael Day participates in March for Meals » Wicked Local Winchester State Rep. Michael S. Day, representing Stoneham and Winchester, joined with volunteers from Minuteman Senior Services to participate in the 15th annual March for Meals campaign by delivering meals to…

Lobbying

Jersey Blockbuster: Norcross and Sweeney Accuse Former Ally Bill Castner of Treason » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS For the last several years, a phone call has taken place every Friday morning at 8 am that includes some of the biggest names in New Jersey politics. Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), A…

Local Government

Taunton considering recreational pot shop moratorium » Taunton Daily Gazette Any discussion of eventually adopting a temporary moratorium on any future, recreational marijuana establishment in Taunton will be heard next Tuesday night.…

Legislators Tackle Regional Issues at Legislative Breakfast » Cape Cod Online Business leaders and residents came together yesterday to get informed on the topics impacting the region at the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast.…

Opinion

The voters were clear: Support fully funded public schools » Boston Globe MASSACHUSETTS voters offered a beacon for the country to follow last November when they defeated — by a landslide — Question 2, the ballot initiative to raise the cap on charter schools.…

Short-term rentals could be a new battleground in Cambridge » Boston Globe RE “SHORT-TERM rentals may face limits” by Katheleen Conti (Business, March 7): I hope that Cambridge will hold to language that restricts short-term rentals to units in owner-occupied bui…

In very shape of Citgo sign, a reach for the divine » Boston Globe NONE OF the writers commenting on the Citgo sign (“Icon or eyesore,” Letters, March 11) made reference to how uncannily popular it is among us “folks,” as the sign's detractor,…

iPhones Vs. Health Care: Demonizing The Poor » WBUR The day after Chaffetz spoke, the Utah Republican walked this hateful and hate-filled statement back. But we know that such retractions are only the sleazy “part two” of an utterly cynical…

Our Opinion: By fits and starts, county broadband advances » Berkshire Eagle Inch by inch, the last mile of high-speed internet connections for Berkshire communities moves toward completion. Disappointingly, however, with the demise of a countywide or even regional approach th…

Politics

Weather puts kibosh on AG's fundraising fete » Boston Herald School wasn't the only casualty of yesterday's blustery nor'easter: Politics were put on hold, too.…

Setti Warren draws on old Dukakis team » Boston Globe It's the return of the old Dukakoids. (That's the term Governor Bill Weld's folks gave them as they swept many of former governor Michael Dukakis's team out of the State House in 1991).…

Sean Tierney announces candidacy for Cambridge City Council » Wicked Local Cambridge Sean Tierney announced March 9 his candidacy for Cambridge City Council. Tierney is the research director and legal counsel for the Joint Committee on Housing for the Massachusetts state Legislature.…

Gov. Baker, state GOP join North Andover's local election » Wicked Local Massachusetts state politics has made its way into North Andover's local election, as Gov. Charlie Baker endorsed Karin Rhoton for School Committee.…

In Newton, Young Trump Supporters Are Online Targets » WGBH This year's presidential race was the first one Cam Freeman and his friend Joe Urquiola followed closely. They're high school juniors and fans of Donald Trump.…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Worcester Thursday to talk to constituents » The Republican If you've ever wanted to talk to one of the state's U.S. senators about issues in the commonwealth and in the country, Thursday is your chance. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is holding office hours at the Wo…

Public Health

Danvers Public Schools regularly flush, monitor districts drinking water for lead » Wicked Local Danvers In a recent report — which evaluated 16 states' laws for their effectiveness in regulating and protecting children from lead in their drinking water — Massachusetts, along with several o…

NH, Mass. to boost cooperation in war on opioids » The Union Leader New Hampshire and Massachusetts will step up cooperation in the cross-border effort to interdict deadly drugs on their way into the Granite State through a $4.5 million initiative unveiled by Gov. Chr…

State Government

Legislators explore time-zone change » Eagle Tribune The winter sun sets extremely early in Massachusetts, which for many commuters means several dreary months of trekking home in darkness. Switching from Eastern to Atlantic Standard Time would give th…

DiMasi asking for easing of probation conditions » State House News Service Former Massachusetts House speaker Salvatore DiMasi is asking a judge to ease his probation conditions months after he was freed from prison under a compassionate release program. DiMasi, 71, was rel…

Taxation

GOP cuts are moral challenge for America » Commonwealth Magazine THE BIG NEWS IS, of course, the “score” from the Congressional Budget Office detailing that the House Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare will result in…

Transportation

T plans to hold community meetings for Quincy station projects » Patriot Ledger The MBTA plans to hold meetings about the major projects it plans to start this year for three of its Quincy stations.…

Crunching the T's numbers » Commonwealth Magazine News coverage of the MBTA's budget-balancing initiatives focused almost entirely on halting weekend commuter rail service and curtailing rides for disabled riders, but the biggest savings would come f…

How Boston's Logan compares to America's best-run airports » Boston Business Journal

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Eddy Tabit named North Andover Republican of the Year » Wicked Local

Polito: State 'strengthening cities and towns' » Eagle Tribune

UMass Medical tops Harvard in latest U.S. News rankings » Boston Business Journal

Marijuana lobby ready to spend more to defend Mass. law » State House News Service

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- Keeping fingers crossed on the budget » Wicked Local Weymouth

A moderate Republican? In Massachusetts? » Journal Inquirer

Power outages top 60,000 as nor'easter rips through Massachusetts » Wicked Local Saugus

U.S. Rep. Capuano: Democrats need to listen, compromise » Wicked Local Cambridge

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Recipe of the Week

Colcannon

Bon Appetit

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (about 1¾ pounds)
  • Kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 leeks, white and pale-green parts only, sliced in half lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups (packed) shredded savoy cabbage (from about ¼ large head), divided
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced

Directions

Cover potatoes with water in a small pot; season with salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer until a paring knife slides easily through the flesh, 30–40 minutes. Drain, let cool slightly, and peel.

Meanwhile, melt 4 Tbsp. butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring frequently, until very soft, 8–10 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until garlic is fragrant and leeks are just beginning to brown around the edges, about 3 minutes longer. Add 1 cup cabbage and cook, stirring constantly, until wilted. Add milk and cream and bring to a simmer.

Add potatoes and remaining 1 cup cabbage, then coarsely mash with a potato masher. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer colcannon to a large serving bowl. Top with remaining 2 Tbsp. butter and sprinkle with scallion.


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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