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Last day to report on proposals for amendments to the Constitution

10:00am Mass. Caucus of Women Legislators and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito's Denim Day Event, Third Floor

11:00am Children's Advocacy Center Awareness Day, Great Hall

12:30pm Celebration of Organ and Tissue Donation, Grand Staircase

2:30pm Brain Builders Award Presentation, Room 428

5:30pm The Ellen Story Commission on Postpartum Depression, Room 428

Birthdays: Rep. Paul Mark

Must-Reads

Massachusetts lawmakers push for comprehensive criminal justice reform » The Republican A group of Massachusetts lawmakers are renewing their push for comprehensive criminal justice reform.…

Mass. cities hail ruling blocking sanctuary city retaliation » Boston Globe A judge in California on Tuesday temporarily blocked President Trump's plan to withhold funding from so-called sanctuary cities, a ruling that won praise from elected officials and immigrant rights ac…

House wraps debate on state's first $40B budget » State House News Service The House passed its fiscal 2018 budget on a 159-1 vote Tuesday night, green-lighting the more than $40 billion spending plan after just two days of debate. Representatives dispatched 1,210 amendments…

Fewer lobbyists, more money: What's going on? » OpenSecrets.org Before President Trump was sworn in, his rhetoric and treatment of lobbyists seemed pretty harsh. He announced lobbyists would be kicked off the transition team and registered lobbyists couldn't work …

DeLeo Opposes Progressive Bid To Embrace Mass. Sentencing Overhaul » WGBH Progressive lawmakers in the State House are urging House leaders to expand the scope of the criminal justice system overhaul set for debate this summer, but their ambitions face a big hurdle in the f…

The great union loophole » Commonwealth Magazine

Rep running for mayor barring comet, nuclear war » State House News Service Rep. Chris Walsh, a Framingham Democrat, told the News Service Tuesday evening that he will run to become the first mayor of Framingham – barring catastrophic disaster. …

Bid to impose MassHealth controls fails in House » State House News Service House Democrats on Tuesday rejected a proposal designed to limit cost growth in MassHealth and place the state's largest program under the oversight of a control board. …

Warren's book gets panned by Washington Post » The Washington Post Warren's book also reveals the moral languages the senator is less able to speak. She never truly grapples with why Democrats lost, why middle-class voters would choose Trump or whether their anger mi…

This one poll finding is a big problem for Democrats » The Washington Post Sunday's Washington Post-ABC News poll did not contain a lot of surprises. President Trump remains historically unpopular, but the GOP almost universally supports him. Most voters still do not believe…

"Historically the Commonwealth has been, in our opinion, far too willing to take money out of the rainy day fund to deal with shortfalls when in fact the rainy day fund's supposed to be when it's raining,"

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the budget shortfall in the Commonwealth.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump's agenda once again stalls in Congress, forcing backtrack » Boston Globe Hoping for victories as he nears the 100-day mark, President Trump has struggled this week to advance his agenda in the Republican-controlled Congress, thus far failing to bend lawmakers to his will, …

House Oversight lawmakers say Michael Flynn sidestepped disclosure rules » Boston Globe The lead Democrat and Republican on the House Oversight Committee meted out a rare bipartisan rebuke of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday after seeing private information…

Cuomo hires former Christie operative Maria Comella as his chief of staff » Politico ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat laying down markers for a potential presidential bid, has tapped a veteran Republican operative to work as a senior aide in his administration. …

Trump's Efforts To 'Drain The Swamp' Lagging Behind His Campaign Rhetoric » WBUR President Trump's campaign rallies were defined by three slogans, three syllables each, which the candidate led the crowd in chanting: "Build the wall," condemning illegal immigration; "Lock her up," …

Trump To Sign Executive Order That Could Shrink National Monuments » WBUR President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Wednesday that could end up shrinking — or even nullifying — some large federal national monuments on protected public lands, as es…

US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power » Sentinel & Enterprise Hours after a display of North Korean military power, rival South Korea announced Wednesday the installation of key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system meant to counter the North. Sout…

Democratic senators seek assurances from Trump pick for FDA » Lowell Sun A group of U.S. senators led by Elizabeth Warren is pushing President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration for more information on how he plans to staff the agency. The Mas…

Business

Since the financial crisis, Bain has been big on Europe » Boston Globe Canada Goose parkas, a giant German drug maker, South Korean botox. And Irish pubs.…

Trump's tax-cut plan would give favorable rate to businesses large and small » Boston Globe President Trump plans to unveil a tax-cut blueprint Wednesday that would apply a vastly reduced, 15 percent business tax rate not only to corporations but also to companies that now pay taxes through …

Boston Allows Self-Driving Car Pilot Program To Expand To More Roadways » WBUR Boston Allows Self-Driving Car Pilot Program To Expand To More Roadways…

Heslam: New honcho at 5 generates static » Boston Herald There's a new “move it, move it” mandate being preached by Channel 5's top newsroom honcho — but some miffed reporters don't want to dance along.…

Can Western Mass. become a tech hub? Sen. Eric Lesser thinks so » The Republican Earlier this month, State Sen. Eric Lesser sat down with MassLive to talk about ideas for turning Western Mass. into a tech hub. Hampden County has made inroads in supporting startups and tech compani…

Winthrop Square tower proposal moves one step closer with council vote » Boston Business Journal

Crimes

Statewide stings nab would-be sex buyers » Boston Herald Authorities from Cambridge to the Cape scooped up nearly 30 would-be johns from big cities and tony suburbs in a series of human trafficking stings aimed at curbing demand for an underground sex trade…

Law enforcement looking to add 'john school' to penalties » Boston Herald Local law enforcement is looking to add “john schools” as a penalty for sex buyers in hopes of reining in demand and hammering home to offenders how they're ruining lives.…

Environment

Environmentalists vow to fight Trump on Maine monument » Boston Globe President Trump on Wednesday will issue a sweeping executive order to review as many as 40 national monument designations made by his three predecessors, an unprecedented move that could curtail or re…

Baker administration to provide access to sustainable energy programs » The Daily Free Press Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced six new programs that intend to make sustainable energy and energy efficiency more accessible for low and moderate-income Massachus…

Eight Western Mass Towns Considering Fees for Carbon Emissions » Valley Advocate This spring, voters in eight towns in Western Massachusetts may pass resolutions requiring fossil fuel companies to pay fees to its citizens.…

House eyes land conservation with larger pool of tax credits » Gloucester Times BOSTON — The Massachusetts House on Monday agreed to a significant expansion of tax credits aimed at spurring land donations to public or private conservation agencies…

Gaming

Wynn: Building in Boston is expensive » Commonwealth Magazine STEVE WYNN TOLD FINANCIAL ANALYSTS on Tuesday that he has been very surprised at how much it is costing to buildAs previously reported, the $2.4 billion price tag is up about $300 million since August…

Health Care

GOP reps push health-care spending curbs » Lowell Sun BOSTON - As the Massachusetts House of Representatives opens debate on a $40.32 billion budget, Republican Reps. Marc Lombardo and Jim Lyons have proposed amendments to curb state health care spending…

Republicans push to cap MassHealth costs » Newburyport News BOSTON — A Republican-led plan to reel in health care costs would require some MassHealth recipients to work to help pay for coverage and ban those who can get insurance from their employers. …

Warrant article favors single-payer health care plan » The Recorder Voters in Leverett, Colrain and Shelburne will get to consider a single-payer health insurance plan, just as Deerfield voters did at their town meeting Monday night, to back state “Improved Medi…

William Galvin blasts House Financial CHOICE Act » Investment News Massachusetts regulator calls the pending legislation 'a gift to the investment industry and Wall Street special interests.'…

House budget earmarks $1M for new Baystate medical school » The Republican

Care New England announces layoffs before potential Partners acquisition » Boston Business Journal

Freedom Caucus endorses Obamacare repeal compromise » Politico

Bid to impose MassHealth controls fails in House » Gloucester Times

Housing

House derails "mean-spirited" bid for public housing applicant info » Lowell Sun House Democrats on Tuesday beat back a Republican proposal that would have required adult public housing applicants to provide their Social Security numbers or alien registration numbers.…

House derails 'mean-spirited' bid for public housing info » South Coast Today BOSTON — House Democrats on Tuesday beat back a Republican proposal that would have required adult public housing applicants to provide their Social Security numbers or alien registration numbe…

Human Services

No rash decision: Lawmakers seek cash for diapers » The Salem News Lawmakers are pitching controversial plans to help the state's poorest families with an expensive, albeit messy necessity — diapers.…

Carnevale appointed to commission by Baker » Wicked Local Marblehead Marblehead resident Amy Carnevale was recently appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to the Governor's Commission on Intellectual Disability. The purpose of the commission is to examine the quality and comp…

Immigration

Concord votes to be 'welcoming' to illegal immigrants » Boston Herald The birthplace of the American Revolution joined the so-called sanctuary city movement last night as Concord Town Meeting approved a warrant making the town a “welcoming community” for ill…

Judiciary

Prison probe surrounding Aaron Hernandez's death focuses on contraband » Boston Globe An investigation triggered by the death of Aaron J. Hernandez now involves a search for contraband inside the prison where he hanged himself, officials said Tuesday, while his family took steps to ove…

Legislators call for broader criminal justice reform » Commonwealth Magazine LAWMAKERS GATHERED OUTSIDE the House chamber Tuesday to declare their commitment to wide-ranging criminal justice reforms, further evidence of a push on Beacon Hill for changes that go beyond a consen…

Lawmakers call for deeper justice system overhaul » Dorchester Reporter House and Senate progressives, eager to seize whatever momentum there might be for comprehensive criminal justice reform this session, implored their colleagues Tuesday not to let the chance slip by t…

Republicans want regular crime lab audits » Eagle Tribune Senate Republicans are pressing for a new investigation into the state's drug lab in the wake of a scandal that rocked the judicial system.…

Labor

Pols working on wage-theft bill » Lowell Sun Workers' rights advocates and labor leaders pledged Monday to pass into law this session a bill aimed at preventing wage theft by employers.…

Legislative

Senate President Stan Rosenberg's 30-years in state service to be celebrated Friday » The Republican Ronald Reagan was president, Margaret Thatcher was British Prime Minister and gas cost 89 cents a gallon in 1987.…

Panel's lone Republican not joining colleagues on trip » State House News Service When Democratic members of a state Senate committee left for Washington, D.C. Tuesday to lobby against potential federal spending cuts, the panel's one Republican stayed behind.…

State lawmakers hear area concerns » MassLive Ronald Reagan was president, Margaret Thatcher was British Prime Minister and gas cost 89 cents a gallon in 1987.…

At "Denim Day," Rep. Higgins talks about being sexually assaulted » Sentinel & Enterprise

Local Government

Shadow debate shows how desperate Boston is for money » Boston Globe It was as close as we would get to a mea culpa from city planning and development czar Brian Golden on Shadowgate.…

City Council approves $153-million deal for Winthrop Square project; now goes to state legislature » Universal Hub

Dunn deed: UMD director of economic development wins vacant Ward 3 council seat » South Coast Today Months of campaigning, countless radio ads and scores of signs paid off for Hugh Dunn on Tuesday as the Ward 3 voters elected him to the vacant seat on the City Council.…

Northboro town meeting OKs moratoriums on pot, duplexes » Worcester Telegram Town meeting voters have approved temporary moratoriums on two-family dwellings and recreational marijuana establishments.…

Sewers plans, pot shops on Harwich warrant » Cape Cod Times Annual town meeting on May 1 will tackle one of the biggest ticket items facing communities across Cape Cod: wastewater management.…

Amherst Charter Commission ditches largest-in-nation 60-member town council plan » The Republican The latest proposal by the Amherst Charter Commission to replace the town's form of government goes back to earlier proposal: a 13-member town council with a mayor and a manager/town administrator.…

Worcester City Council wants advertising 'pollution' stopped » Worcester Telegram The city is cracking down on commercial enterprises that have been nailing signs advertising their services on city trees and utility poles, creating neighborhood eyesores.…

Hingham town meeting rejects adding selectmen for 5th time » Patriot Ledger After an hour and a half of discussion, the annual town meeting at Hingham High defeated a petition to expand the board of selectmen from three to five members. Voters previously rejected the idea in …

City Council Votes 10-3 To Approve Construction Of Millennium-Winthrop Sq Tower; Action Moves To State House » WGBH

Marijuana

Massachusetts House bans marijuana purchases with public assistance » WWLP 22 The House on Tuesday took a step toward barring welfare recipients from using their cash benefits to purchase recreational marijuana.…

Northampton mayor & police prepare for Extravaganja » WWLP 22 For the last 25 years, Extravaganja has been a controversial western Massachusetts tradition. The annual festival rallied around the cause of legal recreational marijuana, but pot's now legal in Massa…

Opinion

Homeland Security's John Kelly is unhinged » Boston Globe IDENTIFYING THE WORST member of Donald Trump's Cabinet is no easy task.…

The New Democrats bring their pitch to Boston » Boston Globe WOULD THEY meet with the president? During the presidencies of Gerald Ford or Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush or George W. Bush, it would have been an easy question with an obvious answer. But no lo…

The benefits of the Winthrop Square project easily outweigh the complaints » Boston Globe Sanity could finally arrive on Wednesday in the long battle over the new skyscraper planned for the site of the old Winthrop Square Garage.…

Trump supporters still standing by their man » Boston Globe PRESIDENT DONALD Trump's supporters remind me of a guy who, despite all advice to the contrary, gets a terrible tattoo but will never admit that the blob covering half of his face was not a great idea…

Against Denial: Why I Will March For The Climate » WBUR On Saturday, marking the first 100 days of the Trump administration, throngs will gather in Washington, D.C., for the People's Climate Mobilization, a march to support action against climate change. O…

State's time to lead on climate is now » Lowell Sun On Saturday, the People's March for climate, jobs and justice will take place in Washington, D.C., and throughout the country, including on the Boston Common, calling for rapid reductions in greenhous…

Politics

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh won't rule out voting for Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018 » The Republican Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a top Massachusetts Democrat up for re-election this year, is declining to rule out voting for a Republican in 2018: Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Could Theo Epstein Perform a Miracle for the Democrats? » Politico David Axelrod says his baseball management skills, honed in Boston and Chicago, could win for him in politics too. If he wants it, that is. …

Environmentalist Massie Enters Race For Governor » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker is riding high in the polls. One recent survey found him to be the most popular governor in the country.…

Jay Gonzalez outlines thrust of gubernatorial run » Boston Herald Gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez, who served as secretary of administration and finance under former Gov. Deval Patrick, joined Boston Herald Radio's “Morning Meeting” program yesterda…

Democrats' circular firing squad » Commonwealth Magazine Yes, there was the sure-bet presidential contest that slipped away. And both branches of Congress are firmly in Republican hands. …

Would Marty Walsh cross party lines to vote for Charlie Baker? He's not ruling it out » Boston.com We know that Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlier Baker get along. But would the Democratic mayor break party lines to vote for the Republican governor's re-election?…

Framingham Mayor? Selectman Against City Vote to Run » Winchester Patch If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Framingham selectman who opposed the state's largest town into a city said he's planning to run for mayor.…

Framingham selectman interested in mayor job » Worcester Business Journal A Framingham selectman who opposed converting the state's largest town into a city is now gearing up to run for mayor. Charlie Sisitsky told the News Service he is "strongly considering" running for m…

Public Health

Western Mass. reacts to the proposed tax on sugary drinks - Western Mass News » Western Mass News For you soda lovers, get ready to pay a lot more for your favorite drink if a bill in Massachusetts legislature passes. The proposal is drawing reaction on both sides.…

Feds give Mass. nearly $12 million to fight opioid abuse » Boston Globe Massachusetts has received an $11.7 million federal grant to fight opioid addiction, as the state continues to wrestle with an overdose epidemic that has claimed thousands of lives in recent years, Go…

Mass. receives $12M opioid grant to boost outpatient treatment » Worcester Business Journal

Public Safety

Franklin: Officials back new 'sexting' bill » The Metro West Daily News A local lawmaker has spoken out in favor of a new effort to address the issue of "sexting" - sending sexually explicit photos - among teens.…

Student sexting a 'growing problem,' in middle and high schools, leading to legislation, Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley says » The Republican Sexting - the sending of sexually explicit messages via text message -- is a "growing problem" in middle schools and high schools, leading to the need for legislation that could curb it, a top prosecu…

State Government

Baker Administration Files Bill To Combat 'Revenge Porn' » WBUR

AG Healey Answers Some Questions, Not Others on Gun Directive » New Boston Post Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey brushed back claims from a bipartisan group of Beacon Hill lawmakers that her office has failed to respond to formal written requests made last July seeking…

Taxation

Will there be a sales tax holiday this year in Massachusetts? » WWLP 22 The sales tax holiday typically takes place toward the end of the summer. For one weekend a year, Massachusetts residents get a break from the 6.25% sales tax.…

4 Questions About Trump's Tax Plan » WBUR The White House is banging the drums that President Trump is doing something big again ahead of his 100th day in office — unveiling a tax "plan." What's coming out Wednesday, though, are guide…

Massive Trump tax cuts face big hurdles as debt mounts » Sentinel & Enterprise President Donald Trump is proposing tax cuts for individuals and businesses even as Washington struggles with mounting debt and the populist president tries to make good on promises to bring jobs and …

Transportation

Rep. Seth Moulton: Boston rail project would benefit Springfield » The Republican U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Massachusetts, a major booster of a proposed rail link between Boston's two major train hubs, is arguing that the project will also be good for Springfield.…

MassDOT moving forward with sale of underutilized Medford property » Wicked Local Medford The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is moving forward with the sale of a parcel located at 300 Mystic Ave. in Medford, distributing an Invitation to Bid for the property last week with bids…

Self-driving cars allowed on more Boston roads » Metro.us Self-driving cars have been cleared to tackle more roads in Boston. Cambridge-based autonomous car company nuTonomy has been testing its self-driving vehicles in South Boston's Raymond L. Flynn Marine…

Utilities

Middle-mile users will not lose Internet: Judge orders operator to continue operations » The Berkshire Eagle Operation of the state's "middle-mile" fiber-optic network is assured for another two weeks, amid a month-old bankruptcy filing and a legal battle as old as the $90 million system itself.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Tax on Sugary Drinks Goes Flat in Massachusetts » Bloomberg BNA

Legislature looking to help improve export industry » Sentinel & Enterprise

Ivanka Trump gets booed, hissed at during Berlin event » Politico

Rep. Dooley to host Norfolk forum on 40B law, affordable housing » Wicked Local Quincy

Massachusetts receives nearly $12 Million in federal funding to fight opioid epidemic » Wicked Local Newton

Proposed Massachusetts efficiency, clean energy programs shoot for low-income access » Utility Dive

House GOP still waiting for Healey response on guns » State House News Service

Cloudy future for employees, Somerset as Brayton Point remains on track for closure » The Herald News

The inside story of No Boston Olympics » Commonwealth Magazine

Massachusetts AG creates task force to scrutinize nonprofit hospitals' community benefit » Becker's Hospital Review

GOP reps push health-care spending curbs » Lowell Sun

Baker preparing for potential tax revenue shortfall » Lowell Sun

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 8-10 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup black molasses
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup lard or unsalted butter, softened, plus more for baking dish
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 cups (1 1/2 quarts) warmed whole milk, divided
  • Garnish: freshly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

Directions

Preheat your oven to 450° and generously grease a 2-quart baking dish, preferably one made of porcelain or stone.

Whisk together the first seven ingredients and 3 cups of the warmed milk.

Bake until the mixture begins to bubble, about 10 minutes; then stir in the remaining 3 cups of milk. Reduce the heat to 275° and continue baking another 5 to 7 hours.

Serve warm with freshly whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 



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