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9:00am Dept. of Mental Health Northeast Area Citizens Legislative Breakfast, Great Hall

9:00am American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase

10:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, FY 2018 Budget Hearing

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

2:00pm Municipal Small Bridge Program Celebration, Nurses Hall

4:00pm Swearing in of Boards and Commissions, Grand Staircase

5:00pm Rep. Dan Ryan's Spring Celebration Fundraiser

Must-Reads

Massachusetts approves $300k for marijuana start-up costs » The Republican The Massachusetts Legislature has approved spending $300,000 for start-up costs to regulate the nascent marijuana industry. But the process could be held up by bureaucratic details.…

House votes to block Obama-era online privacy rules » Boston Globe Congress sent legislation to President Trump on Tuesday that wipes away landmark online privacy protections, the first salvo in what is likely to become a significant reworking of the rules governing…

Brockton rep admits to warning about 'rumor' of ICE raid » Boston Herald A Brockton lawmaker is defending a controversial Facebook post in which she warned of impending federal immigration raids in the city, saying she was "just forwarding a rumor" that was already widespr…

'That's what you call bipartisanship': How Mass. line of duty death benefit got doubled » Berkshire Eagle Before Gov. Charlie Baker signed a spending bill Tuesday, he recounted how a provision doubling the one-time line of duty death benefit for first responders came to be attached to the bill.…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker disagrees with Bristol sheriff's call for arrest of 'sanctuary city' officials » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker isn't on board with Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson's cry for the arrest of public officials who support "sanctuary cities."…

Carr: Christy Mihos just wanted to be somebody » Boston Herald I first met Christy Mihos in 1990 when he was running for the state Senate. My cousin arranged a meeting at Amrhein's in South Boston.…

"Today’s vote means that Americans will never be safe online from having their most personal details stealthily scrutinized and sold to the highest bidder."

Jeffrey Chester, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Democracy.

On today's House vote to block Obama-era online privacy rules.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Will GOP decimate budget to notch win on tax cuts? » Boston Globe Republicans in Congress really need a win, after the stunning collapse of their health care initiative. President Trump could use a boost too, with his approval numbers flagging and his deal-making re…

Congress Overturns Internet Privacy Regulation » WBUR The House of Representatives has gone along with the Senate and voted 215-205 to overturn a yet-to-take-effect regulation that would have required Internet service providers — like Comcast, Ver…

Trump Lawyers Claim Immunity In Sex Harassment Suit, Just As Bill Clinton Did » WBUR The Constitution and the Supreme Court both say a president is largely immune from civil lawsuits. The chief executive does critical work leading the nation, the logic goes, and shouldn't be bedeviled…

What Trump Misses About Energy Jobs In America » WBUR In 2008, candidate Barack Obama ran an ad with this opening line: "The hands that built this nation can build a new economy. The hands that harvest crops can also harvest the wind." And then it showe…

White House role brings unwanted scrutiny for Kushner » Sentinel & Enterprise Jared Kushner has been a power player able to avoid much of the harsh scrutiny that comes with working in the White House. But this week he's found that even the president's son-in-law takes his turn…

Battenfeld: Elizabeth Warren sees prez as prize » Boston Herald When Elizabeth Warren gets a sudden case of accessibility, you know something's up. And it's not about re-election.…

Trump order softens laws on climate change » Boston Globe President Trump Tuesday signed a sweeping executive order to dismantle a range of Obama administration policies aimed at curbing climate change, a move that drew sharp criticism from environmental adv…

President Trump proposing $18 million in cuts for wall » Sentinel & Enterprise President Donald Trump is proposing immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community grants so U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico, can cover the down paym…

Trump administration sought to block Sally Yates from testifying to Congress on Russia » The Andover Townsman The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying in the House investigation of possible links between Russian officials and Donald Trump's campaign, …

Brexit: Britain files for divorce from the European Union » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The United Kingdom filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, overturning four decades of integration with its neighbors, demolishing the notion that EU expansion is inevitable and shakin…

Business

Sanofi Genzyme wins approval for breakthrough eczema drug » Boston Globe Sanofi Genzyme won its biggest drug approval in years Tuesday when US regulators gave the green light to a medicine to treat forms of eczema that can cause intense itching and bleeding.…

Arts leaders march to State House to seek more funding for culture » Boston Globe Hundreds of arts leaders and advocates from around Massachusetts descended on the State House on Tuesday to deliver a pointed message to lawmakers: With federal arts funding in jeopardy, it's more imp…

Vertex gains nearly $4B in market cap on positive cystic fibrosis data » Boston Business Journal Shares of Vertex Pharmaceuticals surged Tuesday evening after the Boston drugmaker reported positive results from two closely watched trials of a combination treatment for cystic fibrosis, moving the …

List Highlights Mass. Companies With Notable Diversity On Their Corporate Boards » WBUR When it comes to diversity on corporate boards, there are some Boston-area companies that stand out from the rest. A new list created after a survey of more than 50 Massachusetts-based companies was …

Asics eyes Boston location, cites need to compete with other major shoemakers » The Republican Citing a desire to "be where the battle is," Asics America chief executive Gene McCarthy told The Boston Globe of plans to open a 25,000-square-foot office space in Boston, home to several major shoem…

Brockton dispensary to offer statewide medical marijuana delivery » Boston Globe In Good Health, which was the state's second medical marijuana dispensary when it opened in Brockton in 2015, is set to become the first to offer home delivery of the drug across most of Massachusetts…

Dispensary announces statewide marijuana delivery service » WCVB BROCKTON, Mass. — One of Massachusetts' 10 active medical marijuana dispensaries is launching a delivery service. In Good Health said that it plans to launch a next-day home delivery service o…

Governor Baker Addresses Annual Chamber Gathering » Beacon Hill Patch

Civil Rights

MassEquality Honors LGBTQ Champions at the 2017 Beacons of Light Dinner & Icon Awards Ceremony » The Rainbow Times MassEquality's Beacons of Light Dinner and Icon Awards Ceremony took place on Thursday, March 23 at the Courtyard Downtown in Boston, MA. …

Education

Lawmakers attach urgency to Millis School bill » WWLP 22 News Legislators are calling on their colleagues to rapidly pass a land transaction bill that's critical to a $52 million elementary school construction project in Millis. …

UMass students to lobby legislators at Wednesday budget hearing for more state funding » The Republican Legislators from the state House and Senate Ways and Means Committee will hold a public hearing on education funding in this year's state budget at the University of Massachusetts on Wednesday, and st…

Environment

Scientists Who Want To Study Climate Engineering Shun Trump » WBUR President Trump issued a sweeping executive order on Tuesday that will begin to undo a slew of government efforts to fight global warming. Among those worrying and watching to…

?U.S. State Dept. drags feet on climate summit planned for Boston » Boston Business Journal The most lasting effects of President Donald Trump's disregard for climate change may not be seen for decades, but the short-term effects may be felt right here in Boston in coming months in the form …

Volkswagen will pay $20M to Mass. in state's 'largest' environmental civil penalty ever » Boston Business Journal

Massachusetts AG joins coalition opposing vehicle emissions rollback » Legal Newsline

Federal

Brexit Gets Real: Prime Minister May Has Triggered U.K.'s Exit From EU » WBUR "The Article 50 process is now under way, and in accordance with the wishes of the British people, the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union," British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday,…

Gaming

How legal online gambling could impact the Massachusetts lottery » WWLP 22 News State lottery sales have been on the decline in recent months, with a drop of nearly $6 million in February alone. Making online gambling legal could help them reach a new market.…

Massachusetts Lottery battling to stay viable against online gambling » Sentinel & Enterprise As the commission looking into online gaming and online gambling presses ahead in its study of ways to regulate and possibly make money from the developing industries, the Massachusetts Lottery is con…

Lawmakers caught up in collision of online gaming, gambling » Sentinel & Enterprise As the commission looking into online gaming and online gambling presses ahead in its study of ways to regulate and possibly make money from the developing industries, the Massachusetts Lottery is con…

Gaming commission approves Suffolk Downs sale » State House News Service

Health Care

After Health Care Bill Failure, Experts Grapple with Future of Mass. Care » The Harvard Crimson State politicians and health care executives from around Massachusetts gathered at the Kennedy School to grapple with possible changes to health care policy under President Donald Trump's administrati…

States push to protect birth control despite failed GOP bill » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Even with the Republican failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law, Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood fundi…

Housing

The invisible homelessness » Commonwealth Magazine FAMILY HOMELESSNESS is sometimes called the invisible homelessness since these mothers and children are more likely to seek nightly shelter in public places – in a hospital emergency room, at a…

Human Services

YWCA "Under One Roof" project awarded $1M in grants » South Coast Today The roof of the YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts got a little bigger Tuesday afternoon.…

Somerville advocates rally for adult foster care » Wicked Local Somerville With their support system facing millions in budget cuts, caregiver advocates from across the Commonwealth converged at Beacon Hill for Adult Foster Care Awareness Day on March 9.…

Sen. Lewis honored as top legislator » Daily Times Chronicle Yesterday, the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council and The Arc of Massachusetts held their 39th Annual Legislative Reception. They recognized Legislators of the Year Senator Jason Lewis …

Immigration

Bristol Sheriff Hodgson blasts Brockton rep for warning of immigrant raid » State House News Service Tension over illegal immigration in Massachusetts spiked on Tuesday after a Brockton lawmaker warned her city about a potential federal raid and Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told a congressio…

State Rep. Defends Facebook Post Warning Immigrants Of Rumored ICE Raids » CBS Boston A Massachusetts lawmaker is defending a Facebook post she made alerting immigrants to rumored ICE raids in Brockton…

Indivisible Somerville endorses Massachusetts Safe Communities Act » Wicked Local Somerville Grassroots organization Indivisible Somerville announced its endorsement of the Massachusetts Safe Communities Act. …

Mass. sheriff's call for arrests spark immigration debate » Sentinel & Enterprise Tension over illegal immigration in Massachusetts spiked on Tuesday after one Democratic lawmaker warned her city about a potential federal raid and Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson went before …

Hodgson rips sanctuary cities, calls for arrest of officials who support them » South Coast Today In testimony before Congress Tuesday, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson criticized sanctuary cities and called for the arrest of public officials who support sanctuary city pledges. The longti…

AG Healey blasts Sessions over sanctuary cities » Sentinel & Enterprise In response to the top national law enforcement official vowing to hold back funds from cities that flout federal immigration law, the Massachusetts attorney general accused U.S. Attorney General Jeff…

Labor

County Fare: Nurses union honors state Rep. Paul Mark as labor `ally' » Berkshire Eagle The Massachusetts Nurses Association board of directors has honored state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, for being a "staunch ally to labor." Mark was presented with the group's 2017 Legislative Advocacy Aw…

Legislative

Massachusetts lawmakers sifting through thousands of bills » Wicked Local Concord A few months into the 2017-2018 session, state lawmakers are starting to wade their way through thousands of bills, covering everything from energy policy to recreational marijuana sales to education.…

Officials sound off to legislators on broadband, schools » The Recorder A 14-member state Senate delegation got a blast about rural issues from nearly a dozen officials from the four western counties Tuesday.…

Letter: Representative welcomes new role » Gloucester Times As we begin a new session of the Massachusetts Legislature, I want to thank the people of Cape Ann for returning me to Beacon Hill to be their advocate in the House of Representatives, as well as than…

Community talks education, immigrants' rights, climate change with state senators » The Daily Collegian A panel of Massachusetts state senators held a town forum in the Student Union Ballroom discussing the political and environmental changes residents of Western Massachusetts wished to see in the futur…

DuBois PayPal appeak draws campaign finance complaint » State House News Service

Massachusetts state Rep. Michelle DuBois, under fire for Facebook post, defends posting ICE raid rumors » The Republican

Local Government

School referendum fails in Amherst » Gazette Net Supporters of a $66.37 million plan to construct twin elementary schools at the current Wildwood School site failed to secure enough votes to overturn two previous Town Meeting votes that rejected fun…

Ruthanne Fuller to hold mayoral campaign kickoff event » Wicked Local Newton Ruthanne Fuller, a city councilor-at-large running for mayor of Newton, will hold her official Campaign Kickoff event from 1-2:30 p.m. April 2, at the Scandinavian Living Center, 206 Waltham St., West…

Ward 3 voters advance Dunn, Fauteux to special election » South Coast Today Six Ward 3 candidates jockeyed for nearly two months through questions of residency, partisanship, a marijuana dispensary and an abandoned Building No. 19 — to name a few. On Tuesday, the resul…

Who Owns Boston's Waterfront? The Case For Protecting A Priceless Public Realm » WBUR Imagine a Boston city agency doling out pieces of Boston Common land to favored developers, arguing to the public that carving up the public realm is needed to spur new construction. Imagine learning …

'Come and Get Me,' Somerville Mayor Tells Sheriff Calling For Arrest of Sanctuary City Leaders » Framingham Patch Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone had a simple message for Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson after the controversial lawman called for the arrest of elected leaders of sanctuary cities: "Come and…

Marijuana

State treasurer requests $300k to hire marijuana oversight staff » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts Treasurer Deb Goldberg said without funding to move forward with hires for a new oversight agency, the state's implementation of recreational marijuana will screech to a halt.…

State rep files 12 bills to tighten marijuana rules » Worcester Telegram & Gazette As state lawmakers continue to work on the regulation and taxation of marijuana, with dispensaries set to open next year, state Rep. Hannah Kane, R-Shrewsbury, has filed a dozen proposed bills and has…

Opinion

Jeff Sessions is wrong on immigration law, and he knows it » Boston Globe Last week's health care debacle was another stunning embarrassment for President Trump, who has little to show for his first 100 days in office other than bluster, bravado, and failure.…

Yes, Boston, you are racist » Boston Globe BOSTON IS racist. Those with a tendency to discount the personal experiences of others can debate whether Boston is, as “Saturday Night Live” cast member Michael Che claims, “the mos…

For GOP, allegiance to party trumps allegiance to country » Boston Globe House Republicans are not a group known for their senses of humor, but they deserve credit for one bit of jocularity — making Representative Devin Nunes head of the House Intelligence Committee…

Finally, some good news on boardroom diversity » Boston Globe Every time I write about diversity on corporate boards it's rarely good news. It goes something like this: Too male, too white, and we have a long way to go. But not today.…

Our Opinion: Tax initiatives have a sales job ahead » Berkshire Eagle Ballot questions can change the landscape dramatically in Massachusetts, as approval last November of recreational marijuana in the state is sure to should a law fully making it reality be passed by s…

Politics

Yard signs channel the fears — and hopes — of a fraught era » Boston Globe Yard signs are the new bumper sticker. The messages are direct, stark, unambiguous.…

Public Health

Ambitious drug treatment center may have found its ideal leader » Boston Globe Michael Botticelli found his passion for the field of substance abuse treatment by the most direct means imaginable: by being treated for addiction himself.…

Drug deja vu » Commonwealth Magazine It's not easy being a health insurer these days, particularly when pharmaceutical companies come along with wonder drugs that cost a fortune. Insurers are all about working the odds. They collect pre…

Public warned about needles in river » Eagle Tribune As the Merrimack River becomes a summer playground for boating, water skiing, fishing and other recreational activities, it has also become a potential source of danger.…

Public Safety

Holyoke Police Department welcomes new officers, promotes 4 in City Hall ceremony » The Republican The Holyoke Police Department promoted four of its members and welcomed more than a dozen new reserve officers in a City Hall ceremony on Tuesday.…

Parole Board questions Robin Murphy's 'credibility' at release hearing » Herald News Robin Murphy tried to climb over a mountain of lies to get to freedom. The state Parole Board gave her little hope she would succeed. "You have a serious problem with credibility," said board member C…

Baker signs bill doubling the line of duty death benefit » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker has signed legislation doubling the line of duty death benefit for families of first responders.…

Bay Staters call for halt to stun gun ban » Boston Herald

State Government

Deb Goldberg gets in gear as Beacon Hill blows smoke » Boston Herald State Rep. Defends Facebook Post Warning Immigrants Of Rumored ICE Raids CBS Boston It's taken a marijuana turf war to spark a fire under State Treasurer Deb Goldberg. But now the Stop & Shop heire…

Utilities

Charter expands broadband offer to Becket, Peru and Tyringham » Berkshire Eagle Three more Berkshire County towns will be wooed by Charter Communications, doing business locally as Spectrum, as the cable giant shifts its focus west amid talks to close the broadband gap.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline: Springfield reduces in-school arrests, but is it enough? » Valley Advocate

Statistics show third-grade reading levels often not where they should be » Sentinel & Enterprise

Walsh: Boston will 'continue to be an open, inclusive city" » Dorchester Reporter

Partners, GE help launch RIZE, an opioid addiction effort » Boston Globe

State attorney general decries federal 'fearmongering' on immigration » Berkshire Eagle

Massachusetts DOT to phase in South Coast Rail project » Progressive Railroading

State funding paves way for homeless veterans housing in Brockton » State House News Service

Bristol Sheriff Says Arrest Warrants Should Be Issued For 'Sanctuary City' Leaders » WBUR

$2.5M awarded to Sisters of Providence for new elderly housing in West Springfield » Mass Live

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons drained bottled horseradish
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, picked free of shell
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 3 scallions including green tops, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, 1/4 cup of the mayonnaise, and the horseradish.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the crabmeat, the remaining 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs, the scallions, parsley, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Shape the crab mixture into eight patties. Coat the patties with the remaining 3/4 cup bread crumbs and pat off the excess.

  3. In a large nonstick frying pan, heat the oil over moderate heat. Working in batches if necessary, fry the cakes until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes. Turn and fry until golden brown on the other side, about 2 minutes longer. Drain on paper towels. Serve with the horseradish cream.

NOTES

Fish Alternatives There's really no substitute for sweet fresh crabmeat—but for a completely different taste, you could use one pound of cod, cooked and flaked.

SUGGESTED PAIRING

A full-bodied white such as a Chardonnay from California will be delightful with the crab. Try to find one that isn't too oaky—just full of the taste of ripe fruit.



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