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9:00am Progressive Mass. Lobby Day, State House

10:00am Mass. Association of Assessing Officers Advocacy Day, Nurses Hall

1:00pm Senate Session, Full Formal Session

6:30pm Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

7:00pm 32nd Birthday Celebration for Rep. Dan Cullinane with Mayor Marty Walsh

Must-Reads

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker: Sanctuary city decisions 'best made at local level' » MassLive On a day when immigrants gathered at the Statehouse for a rally to support immigrant rights, Gov. Charlie Baker reiterated his position that he does not want Massachusetts to become a sanctuary state.…

Pregnant workers bill unanimously clears committee » Gloucester Times BOSTON — The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, legislation Speaker Robert DeLeo has identified as a priority, has won the approval of the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, moving it cl…

Baker warns revamped federal health proposal would harm Mass. » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday came out against a revised health care overhaul drafted by Washington, D.C., Republicans, warning that the legislation would result in “a massive loss of critic…

Kennedy vs. Moulton — the hottest race in Massachusetts » Boston Globe US REPRESENTATIVE Joe Kennedy III has the famous name. But another Massachusetts congressman — US Representative Seth Moulton — has the higher profile. …

Housing bills weighed down by complexity, disagreement » State House News Service A turf war about the future of Massachusetts real estate development played out in a committee hearing Tuesday where proponents of a zoning overhaul acknowledged that its complexity has hindered it fr…

Tax credit extension sought to spur community investments » State House News Service STouting the millions of dollars in private investment it has generated and the projects it has helped finance, community development corporations took to the State House on Tuesday to press the Legis…

Why Boston's Sports Teams Can't Escape the City's Racism » TIME America doesn't want for racist sports fans. And yet when an abhorrent display of racial animosity takes place in Boston — as it did Monday when Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said…

“Our administration will continue to protect Massachusetts’ health care system, which leads the nation in health care coverage, and while the AHCA [American Health Care Act] bill has been amended, it would still result in a massive loss of critical funds for the Commonwealth. In the meantime, I am thankful for the federal government’s willingness to work with Massachusetts to deliver greater flexibility through the Medicaid system and I hope Congress reconsiders this amended legislation.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking on the revised health care system drafted by D.C. Republicans.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Ivanka has the President's Ear. Here's Her Agenda. » The New York Times In her 35 years, she has left little traceable record of challenging or changing the man who raised her. Mr. Trump did tape an apology for the 'Access Hollywood' recording, but by then doing so had be…

Is Ivanka Trump the new feminist icon? Advocates are skeptical » Boston Globe Women still smarting from the impact of the glass ceiling last November, meet your new feminist opinion leader: Ivanka Trump, the first daughter, presidential adviser, and handbag designer, on Tuesday…

Federal government needs 'a good shutdown,' Trump tweets » Boston Globe President Trump said on Tuesday that the United States needed “a good 'shutdown'” this fall to force a partisan confrontation over federal spending and suggested that he might work to reve…

Clinton, denouncing Trump, calls herself 'part of the resistance' » Boston Globe Hillary Clinton on Tuesday sharply questioned President Trump's conduct in office, criticizing his foreign policy pronouncements and penchant for posting on Twitter, and described herself as “pa…

Ex-prosecutor helping Donald Trump with pick » Boston Herald A former top Bay State federal prosecutor has been making recommendations to the White House on who the next Massachusetts U.S. Attorney should be, but another with ties to the Trump administration sa…

Kennedy urges: Speak out against Trump administration » Wicked Local Mansfield Congressman Joe Kennedy III thanked and praised residents for speaking out against President Donald Trump's administration on issues from health care to the travel ban and urged them to fight on.…

Warren polishes national profile ahead of 2020 » Politico When Donald Trump suggested to a National Rifle Association crowd in Atlanta on Friday that he might face a challenge from Elizabeth Warren in three years, he voiced a thought shared by political pros…

Business

Why these two women started their own venture capital firm » Boston Globe In meeting Maia Heymann and Nilanjana Bhowmik I've done it. I think I now have met nearly all the women in venture capital who are doing major technology deals in Boston.…

Small business in spotlight at statewide sessions » Gloucester Times Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Tuesday kicked off a series of 10 listening sessions aimed at encouraging economic growth and job creation among small businesses, which have traditionally identified taxes an…

What's next for Carlos Rafael's fishing permits? » South Coast Today Almost a week ago, City Council members asked for their names to be attached to a late file agenda pertaining to Carlos Rafael's groundfish permits.…

Vending firm faces gambling charges » Boston Globe The owners of North Andover-based Four Star Vending Inc. have been charged with using the firm to run an illegal gambling and money laundering scheme, Attorney General Maura Healey's office announced …

Bill in Massachusetts Legislature would bar elephant acts from traveling circuses » MassLive There was no elephant in the hearing room where lawmakers mulled new restrictions on circus acts Tuesday, but the animal was addressed by advocates for and against legislation filed by two North Shore…

Business confidence drops for the first time since August » State House News Service After reaching a level of confidence in March not seen among Massachusetts businesses since 2004, employers in April took a slightly more dim view of the economy and their prospects, the Associated In…

Boston Herald Guild Members Boycott Twitter After Reporter Suspended » Boston Magazine Breaking news on social media can apparently be risky business for reporters at the Boston Herald, and the union isn't happy about it.…

Civil Rights

Racial insults at Fenway open old wounds in Boston's black community » Boston Globe The racial insults hurled at a professional baseball player Monday at Fenway Park have opened up old wounds in Boston's black community…

Education

Brockton schools to send 189 pink slips » The Enterprise The school district will send out 189 pink slips this month, forced to make up a $16 million budget shortfall with layoffs and programming cuts amid pleas to the state that school committee chair Tom …

Environment

Committee plans nine-stop climate change tour » Newburyport News The chairman of the Senate's global warming committee hopes a listening tour launching next week will pressure legislative leaders and Gov. Charlie Baker to take further action to address climate chan…

18 pipeline protesters arrested after blocking access to Otis State Forest » Berkshire Eagle A demonstration at the entrance to Otis State Forest early Tuesday led to the arrest of 18 protesters who had blocked two access roads in opposition to a Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project.…

Health Care

Baker warns revamped federal health proposal would harm Mass. » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday came out against a revised health care overhaul drafted by Washington, D.C., Republicans, warning that the legislation would result in “a massive loss of critic…

Medicaid shortfall » Cape Cod Times Thirty-seven dollars per day per person. That's the shortfall experienced by Massachusetts skilled nursing facilities to take care of MassHealth (Medicaid) patients. …

Herald report on VA errors raises concerns with Seth Moulton » Boston Herald U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton — alarmed by a Herald special report showing that the Boston VA benefits office bungled one in six traumatic brain injury claims — is calling for the House Veteran…

Lawmakers Hear Pitches For Trump-Proofing State Health Care Benefits » WGBH In a State House hearing dedicated to creating a state safety net should President Donald Trump succeed in gutting the Affordable Care Act, a group of elderly activists made their case for protections…

Housing

Housing bills weighed down by complexity, disagreement » WWLP 22 A turf war about the future of Massachusetts real estate development played out in a committee hearing Tuesday where proponents of a zoning overhaul acknowledged that its complexity has hindered it fr…

Human Services

Common app sought for public benefit applicants » State House News Service More than 90,000 Boston residents who are enrolled in the state's Medicaid program do not receive public assistance to pay for food, city officials said Tuesday as they urged support for a bill that w…

Immigration

Little enthusiasm for Trump's H1b 'crackdown' » The Sun Chronicle Area high tech-industries are showing tepid enthusiasm for President Trump's “Buy American, Hire American” executive order aimed at potentially curbing the number of foreign workers for te…

Legislative

Municipality committee holds hearing on neighborhood development legislation » The Daily Free Press The Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government met at the Massachusetts State House Monday for a hearing on several different legislative proposals on neighborhood development and zonin…

Massachusetts Senate lays out $1 billion vision to help state's children » MassLive Leaders of the Massachusetts Senate on Tuesday unveiled a list of priorities for legislation focused on children, which would cost an estimated $1 billion over multiple years.…

Local Government

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley says she's 'incensed' over alleged racist incident between fan and Orioles' Adam Jones » Mass Live

Franklin to unveil statue honoring Horace Mann » Boston Globe Local officials will unveil a statue honoring Horace Mann, considered the father of public education in America, in Horace Mann Square on Emmons Street, on Sunday, May 7, at 11 a.m. Mann was born in F…

Worcester City Council seeks report on impact of $15 minimum wage » Worcester Telegram & Gazette With a move in the works at the state level to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour, the City Council has asked for a report on what the impact would be on the city's operating budget.…

'God bless' officially added to Holyoke City Council rules » Mass Live God stays. The City Council Tuesday voted 10-4 to adopt into a rule a phrase that councilors have been saying as a tradition for decades at the outset of meetings immediately after reciting the Pledge…

Federal Judge Won't Dismiss Extortion Charges Against Top Walsh Aides » Boston Magazine A federal judge refused to throw out extortion and conspiracy charges against two top aides in Mayor Marty Walsh's administration, accused of coercing the Boston Calling music festival into hiring uni…

Rep. Paul Brodeur hosts Melrose Day » Wicked Local Melrose Rep. Paul Brodeur, D-Melrose, recently welcomed families from Melrose to the Statehouse on April 20 for Melrose Day. The afternoon at the Statehouse included a tour throughout the building, which ende…

Springfield City Council President Orlando Ramos launches re-election, stresses residency, police-community relations » Mass Live

Marijuana

Framingham eyes marijuana measures for fall Town Meeting » The Metro West Daily News With retail marijuana shops set to open in Massachusetts next year, town officials are weighing their options to control where the drug can be sold.…

Temporary ban placed on retail pot shops » Cape Cod Times SANDWICH — Recreational marijuana businesses will not be allowed in town until at least June 2018 after town meeting approved a temporary moratorium Monday.…

Opinion

Want to protect the climate? Time for carbon pricing » Boston Globe OUR COUNTRY IS feeling the effects of a changing climate. The West is witnessing dramatic changes to winter, including decreased snowpack …

Trump's tariff will hurt Americans » Boston Globe ACCUSING CANADA OF dumping lumber on the United States, the Trump administration last week announced plans to impose tariffs of up to 24 percent on imports of Canadian softwood. …

Editorial: Wired for an update » Boston Herald Fifty years is long enough to wait for Beacon Hill to update the state law regulating the use of wiretaps in criminal investigations. It's time for the House and Senate to quit stalling.…

Our view: Look for other ways to close the 'diaper gap' » Gloucester Times Any parent knows the endless call of diaper duty. It invariably comes at inopportune times, and if you're outside the house, you're lucky to have remembered to pack a fresh one.…

The ugly history of the Red Sox and race adds a new chapter » Boston Globe When Adam Jones went to the outfield Monday night, he experienced a side of Fenway Park that was decidedly not friendly — a taste of the true, enduring curse of Boston sports.…

Class warfare — is this what it has come to? » Boston Globe I FIND MYSELF UNABLE to shake off the incident in which a passenger was hauled bodily out of his seat on a United Airlines plane and dragged bleeding and broken to provide a seat for an airline employ…

Early Voting Can Be a FUNDED Mandate – IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR KATY IVES » The Valley Patriot Early Voting passed into law in 2014 and this past presidential election was the first in which residents were allowed to vote before Election Day. This is an advantageous concept for many people that…

Racist heckling at Fenway pulls Boston into the ugly past » Boston Globe THANKS A LOT, Anonymous Racist. Your decision to heckle Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones with racial slurs during the baseball game at Fenway Park on Monday night has reinforced all the wor…

Editorial: DPU, stop letting energy companies drain our limited resources » The Recorder

Politics

Jajuga will run for mayor of Methuen » The Eagle Tribune James P. Jajuga has built a career in public service, holding several positions at both the state and city level that span from government to law enforcement. Now he's looking to add one more job to h…

Charlestown candidate declines City Council race » Boston Globe A day before candidates begin barnstorming the city in search of signatures to run for elected office, one popular contender in the race for the open East Boston council seat said he is bowing out.…

Marty Walsh, Tito Jackson eye Roxbury as key bellwether » Boston Herald The two mayoral candidates met on the battlefield for the first time yesterday, with Mayor Martin J. Walsh and City Councilor Tito Jackson both staking out territory in Dudley Square to solicit signat…

Mass. progressives see something missing on Beacon Hill » State House News Service

Public Health

State urges more schools to test water for lead, copper » Boston Globe State officials are calling on more public schools to sign up for funding to test water in their buildings for lead and copper amid evidence showing high levels of the contaminants at many schools.…

Want healthy food? In much of Mass., it's hard to get » Boston Globe It's not hard to find a McDonald's in the Mason Square section of Springfield. Liz O'Gilvie has counted 10 within a mile and three-quarters of her home. But the nearest full-service grocery store, wit…

Gov. Baker Says He'd Like More Information On Safe Injection Vote » WBUR Key state elected officials say they want more study on a proposal to set up clinics where drug users could inject themselves under medical supervision. …

Grant will fund anti-opiate efforts across region » The Eagle Tribune Several Essex County communities — including Haverhill and North Andover — are getting cash from the state attorney general's office to bolster opioid and other substance abuse addiction…

Schools say lead problems mostly solved » The Sun Chronicle Release of a new state report has revived concern over high lead and copper levels in water in public schools, including several in the Attleboro area.…

Public Safety

Cape and Islands DA joins in push to revamp wiretap law » Cape Cod Times Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe appeared at the Statehouse Tuesday with Gov. Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey and other officials to announce the filing of a bill that w…

Baker, prosecutors propose changes to wiretap law » Boston Globe Law enforcement officials joined Governor Charlie Baker Tuesday in proposing changes to the state's wiretapping law, saying antiquated rules restrict their ability to use recording tools to investigat…

Governor, Attorney General to Modernize Wiretapping Rules » Associated Press (AP) The last time Massachusetts updated its wiretapping law, pay phones dotted the sidewalks and a text typically referred to a book — not a lightning-quick digital message.…

Gov. Charlie Baker, AG Maura Healey propose update to wiretap law » MassLive Five words in the state's wiretapping law can put an investigatory tool on the shelf for police and prosecutors pursuing cases involving an array of serious crimes, including murder, human trafficking…

Charlie Baker eyes bolstering wiretap law » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is hoping to bolster the state's nearly five-decade old wiretapping law that will expand a list of crimes that the electronic surveillance can be used for, including human trafficki…

Public Safety Related Legislation I am Filing ~ By: Rep. Linda Dean Campbell » The Valley Patriot My prior service in the U. S. Army has influenced my public service in many ways, very significantly in my understanding of threats, sacrifices and increasing challenges faced by our public safety off…

State Finance

Worcester legislators highlight local priorities accounted for in House budget » State House News Service The Massachusetts House of Representatives advanced a $40.4 billion fiscal 2018 budget last week, saying it “represents a commitment to fiscal responsibility.”…

State Government

Healey visits Cape Cod, highlighting common ground and division » Cape Cod Times Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey visited Centerville Elementary School with Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe and state Rep. William Crocker, R-Centerville, Tuesday to anno…

Baker Is Key To Minimizing Trump Cuts, Says Capuano: The Guv Is The Only Elephant In The Room » WGBH With GOP majorities in the U.S. House and Senate, and Republican President Donald Trump pursuing drastic budget cuts and the reformulation of health care funding, Massachusetts could soon see a painfu…

Highway administrator Tom Tinlin recovering from aneurysm » Boston Globe

Maine could stay on daylight saving time year-round (if Massachusetts and New Hampshire do, too) » Boston.com

Taxation

State Rep. Kate Hogan introduces bill to reduce tax on inherited farmland » Wicked Local Stow Inheriting farmland would be less costly under proposed legislation that cleared the Revenue Committee last session and has support from the agricultural community. …

Boat tax collection in Mass. seen as lacking » State House News Service

Transportation

NuTonomy joins forces with French automaker » Boston Globe Boston-based nuTonomy, which makes software for self-driving cars, has struck an alliance with Groupe PSA of France, the maker of Peugeot and Citroen automobiles.…

Pignatelli Secures Funds for County Initiatives, MassPike Study » iBerkshires It includes language that would require the state Department of Transportation to study the feasibility of building a new exit between Exits 2 and 3 of the Massachusetts Turnpike and report back to th…

Residents air concerns over train stoppage » The Salem News City officials held a meeting on the MBTA's planned shutdowns to the region's commuter rail line, but with a disclaimer — the plans could be subject to change.…

Massachusetts Legislature passes $200 million local road repair bill » Mass Live

Utilities

Plymouth: Pilgrim Decommissioning Panel Established » 95.9 WATD

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

It's back to the drawing board for MassDOT » Boston Herald

Pipeline protesters arrested at Otis State Forest after blocking access roads » The Republican

Governor Charlie Baker apologizes after Orioles' Adam Jones says he was target of racist abuse in Boston » Boston Herald

Baker-Polito administration kicks off Small Business Month » Sampan

Stop pretending Boston is something it's not » Boston Globe

Fracked Gas Protesters Arrested at Otis State Forrest » Valley Advocate

Planning Board delays marijuana decision in East Bridgewater » Wicked Local

Vending company charged with illegal gaming » The Salem News

Mass House not in giving mood for Plymouth's 400th bash » South Coast Today

Senate early ed agenda up against tight fiscal picture » State House News Service

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Recipe of the Week

DERBY PIE

Chef Rachel Gibeley

Ingredients

  • 1 unbaked 9" deep-dish pie shell
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (can also use 1 tablespoon bourbon)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped, toasted walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF. In a mixer, beat the eggs on high speed until foamy. Add the flour, salt, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and molasses. Beat on low speed until incorporated.
  2. Add the melted butter and beat again until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Pour the filling into the pie shell.
  3. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a knife inserted halfway between the edge and the center comes out clean. Cool completely before slicing.


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