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Must-Reads

The 25th Amendment Solution to Remove Trump » New York Times Removal, not impeachment, for a president unfit for office. …

Battles over housing, development, and jobs? It's Somerville, of course. » Boston Globe Somerville has emerged as Boston's equivalent of Brooklyn — a blue-collar city transformed by young professionals and new development, but maintaining pockets of its funky, low-rent past. …

Democrat Robert Massie kicks off campaign to unseat Charlie Baker » Boston Globe Another Democrat has officially entered the fray for the party's gubernatorial nomination in 2018. …

Senate budget includes new fee on business » Boston Globe A new fee on businesses is more likely to become law after Senate leaders Tuesday broadly concurred with Governor Charlie Baker and the House of Representatives that such an effort is needed to help f…

Senate gives nod to Baker's health care fee » Eagle Tribune Senate budget-writers have given a green light to Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to charge employers a fee to offset rising costs in the state's Medicaid program. …

Teachers union calls impasse in negotiations » Boston Herald After more than 18 months at the negotiating table, the Boston Teachers Union has declared an impasse and filed a petition for a state mediator with the Department of Labor Relations, claiming the sch…

Rise of the Women's Political Caucus » the Berkshire edge There is now a Berkshire County chapter of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPCA). Some see its formation as a direct result of the 2016 presidential election. …

Lawmakers are thinking about adding a tax to Airbnb » Boston Globe Travelers who rent a house or apartment through Airbnb and similar services in Massachusetts could have 11.7 percent in hotel taxes added to their bill under a plan announced Tuesday by the state Sena…

Shortsleeve takes independent route » The Sun Chronicle State Senate candidate Joe Shortsleeve switched from the Democratic Party to independent status Tuesday, all but assuring he will be in an October special election. …

“Now is the time to remind him our intelligence secrets are not gossip and his personal desire to impress his Russian buddies does not outweigh the safety, security, and lives of Americans and our allies,”

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Commenting on President Donald Trump's leaking of classified information.

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Beltway Politics

Fears Over Trump's Mental State Gaining Traction In The Media » The Huffington Post Donald Trump's reported disclosure of sensitive intelligence to Russian officials, soon after his abrupt firing of the FBI director, has led reporters and commentators into usually verboten journalist…

Trump Allegedly Urged Comey To Consider Jailing Journalists » The Huffington Post Frustrated by leaks to the news media, President Donald Trump asked former FBI director James Comey to “consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information,” accordi…

Bernie Sanders: There's Something Strange Going on With Mr. Trump » Observer 'I don't think this is just a learning curve... There is something different about this guy's presidency' …

As Russia allegations mount, is this the final straw for the GOP? » Boston Globe After standing by Donald Trump during the rockiest launch of a presidency in modern times, key Senate Republicans began edging away from him on Tuesday amid new disclosures that he gave top secret int…

Business

Boston can be an unwelcoming place to do business. Here's how to change that » Boston Globe It's hard to top last week's $200 million groundbreaking of the new General Electric headquarters in the Seaport District. But an event Monday to celebrate a new Omni Hotel on Massport land a few bloc…

Boston Globe says buyer of its Dorchester site backs out » Boston Globe A group that agreed last year to buy The Boston Globe's longtime home on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester has walked away from the deal.…

Boston company adds fuel to Fyre » Boston Herald The fallout from the infamous Fyre Festival — the promised luxury music experience in the Bahamas gone sooooo wrong — continues, as Boston ticketing and nightlife startup Tablelist files…

Civil Rights

Heroux seeks custody rights for disabled parents » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — State Rep. Paul Heroux contends disabled parents are sometimes discriminated against when it comes to child custody rights and he wants to do something about it.…

Education

West Springfield gets nod from MSBA for feasibility study to build new Coburn Elementary School » The Republican The Massachusetts School Building Authority has chosen West Springfield to collaborate with the quasi-independent government authority to conduct a feasibility study for potential construction of a ne…

Tired of baby steps to universal pre-K, councillors seek space in Tobin School » Cambridge Day The slow rollout of universal prekindergarten has been frustrating for a few city councillors, and a couple are looking at the upcoming rebuilding of the 46-year-old Tobin elementary school and Vassal…

Open Schools, Closed Minds: The Progressive Bias Against Charter Schools » WBUR Opposition to charter schools is to the left what climate change denial is to the right, a fortress of unreason that shields ideology from contrary evidence. Everywhere, including in Massachusetts, ho…

County Fare: It's all for kids in the Berkshires, from safety to reading to music » Berkshire Eagle The Massachusetts Children's Alliance named state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, "Legislator of the Year" for being "a champion for children and families."…

Gov. Baker visits Springfield, applauds Empowerment Zone school efforts » The Republican Principals, teachers and even students praised the Empowerment Zone model used in the city's middle schools during a visit from Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday.…

Environment

Gov. Charlie Baker urges President Donald Trump to stay in Paris climate change agreement » The Republican

Gaming

Voters oppose online lottery, survey finds » Boston Globe Nearly 70 percent of Massachusetts voters do not support legislation that would allow the state lottery to sell tickets online, a new survey has found.…

Goldberg online lottery bid on slow walk in legislature » State House News Service

Health Care

Partners, GE collaborate to bring artificial intelligence to health care » Boston Business Journal

Human Services

Campaign to Lift the Cap on Kids hosts Diaper Day at State House » Wicked Local Cambridge Members of the Campaign to Lift the Cap on Kids recently hosted Diaper Day at the State House of Representatives in Boston with Sen. Sal DiDomenico, D-Middlesex and Suffolk, and Rep. Marjorie Decker, …

Immigration

Brockton mayor hits DC for Haitian immigration, infrastructure funding » The Enterprise There are 1,500 people from Haiti living in Brockton who will be affected by the decision of the Trump administration on whether to extend the temporary protected status of immigrants affected by the …

Judiciary

Draft calls for $78M expansion of Framingham court, closing Marlborough » The Metro West Daily News Framingham District Court would undergo a major expansion and take on cases from Marlborough under a new proposal to reshape the state's trial courts.…

Labor

Boston Teachers Union asks for state intervention after 'impasse' in talks with city » Boston Globe The Boston Teachers Union, frustrated that negotiations for a new contract have dragged on for 16 months, filed a request for state intervention Tuesday afternoon, saying the talks had hit an impasse,…

Ralliers signal T privatization could spill into Senate budget debate » State House News Service

Legislative

STATE HOUSE: New panel has eye on boosting exports » Wicked Local Swampscott While international allegiances change and global politics threaten to upend the status quo of international order, a committee of Massachusetts lawmakers is setting out to forge stronger business tie…

Local Government

Amherst Town Meeting votes to file legislation to allow non-citizens to vote » The Republican Town Meeting voted in its seventh and final night Monday to file legislation once again to allow legal permanent non-citizens the right to vote in town elections.…

Officials celebrate demolition of Malden City Hall » Wicked Local Malden In something of a reverse groundbreaking, local and state leaders gathered outside the old Malden City Hall last Friday, May 12, to witness a crane prying bricks off the building, which is set to be s…

Westport animal committee grappling with pig permits » South Coast Today The Animal Action Committee is grappling with how to establish an animal registry and how to stop a piggery owner from violating his or her permit.…

A taxing decision for Lynn council » Lynn Daily News Item Five surrounding communities have raised nearly $20 million since 2009 by adopting the local option meals tax and the City Council wants a share of it to keep layoffs at bay.…

Hansen honored for 25 years of yielding Stoughton Town Meeting gavel » Wicked Local Stoughton Officials honored former Town Meeting Moderator Howard Hansen for his quarter of a century of service behind the podium.…

Worcester's First Night may have seen its last night » Worcester Telegram When the clock strikes midnight this Dec. 31, don't expect First Night Worcester to be there cheering in the New Year.…

Runyon, Currier win Orleans selectmen seats » Cape Cod Times Voters elected Mefford Runyon and David Currier to three-year terms on the Board of Selectmen, with 1,147 votes and 1,008 votes respectively, in the only contested race on the ballot.…

Planning Board sees new faces in Bourne » Cape Cod Times The small percent of voters in Bourne that turned out to the polls for the annual town election Tuesday returned all the running incumbents to their seats in the handful of contested races, with the e…

Marijuana

Moratorium OKd on recreational pot in Holyoke so regulations can be set » The Republican The City Council Tuesday at City Hall unanimously approved a moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses here until Dec. 31, 2018 so officials can ensure zoning and other rules are established to …

Opinion

In the UK, uncertainty reigns » Boston Globe Try to keep calm as the UK muddles along. That might well be the British watchword as the June 8 general election approaches.…

Michelle Obama, speaking her mind » Boston Globe MICHELLE OBAMA'S tongue is untied. Speaking at the annual Partnership for a Healthier America summit last week, Obama, in no uncertain terms, expressed her dismay with the Trump administration's reckl…

The man-child strikes again with intelligence sharing » Boston Globe Every day, it seems, there's a story about Donald Trump that is so astounding that you simply can't believe it's real. Some days there are so many such stories that it's impossible to keep up.…

Editorial: Absent at the State House » Worcester Sun Boston, we have a problem. Through 10 months, declining tax receipts have left a $462 million revenue gap that needs to be closed in the final two months of the fiscal year.…

EDITORIAL: Cut the waste before enacting new tax schemes » Sentinel & Enterprise As the state revenue receipts continue to falter, several high-ranking Democrats are calling for increased taxes, something that doesn't sit too well with most workers who feel they're already paying …

Ambulance firms try to take insurers for a ride » Boston Globe HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL on Beacon Hill — and unfortunately, that's particularly true when it comes to the politically powerful ambulance companies and their desire to leverage higher rates for the…

Editorial: State Senate checks in » Boston Herald The Senate released its budget proposal yesterday but because of lagging state tax revenues it stands on a rather wobbly foundation. Beacon Hill may even have to revise projected revenues for fiscal 2…

Spend more or spend less? » Gloucester Daily Times

Politics

A look at Baker's potential rivals » Boston Globe The next election for governor is more than a year away, but already the race is beginning to take shape. Here's a look at some of the Democrats most likely to compete to take on Republican Governor C…

Dem Gov Candidate: What Do Buggy Whips and Fossil Fuels Have In Common? » New Boston Post Fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas are as cutting-edge as buggy whips were a hundred years ago, a Democratic candidate for governor of Massachusetts said.…

Gonzalez says Gov. Baker OK with status quo » Lynn Daily News Item Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez isn't shy about saying what's needed to fix the Bay State's troubled transportation system and underfunded schools: new taxes.…

Will Setti Warren Officially Announce His Run For Governor Saturday? » Tewksbury Patch Is Newton Mayor Setti Warren going to officially announce his intention is to run for governor this weekend? Although most say he's pretty much already thrown his hat into the ring, by stepping down a…

Dem guv candidate urges House to impeach Trump » State House News Service

Public Health

Westport students take anti-smoking message to lawmakers » South Coast Today Three Westport High School students joined other youth from across Massachusetts recently for Kick Butts Day, an event to celebrate their role in reducing the influence of the tobacco industry in thei…

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey warns state fund for life-saving Narcan purchases is almost empty at $44,000 » The Republican A state fund that helps Massachusetts cities and towns buy Narcan, medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is almost empty, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Tues…

Whelan Files Bipartisan Bill to Regulate Synthetic Opioid Carfentanil » Cape Cod Times A bipartisan effort is underway in the House to add the synthetic opioid carfentanil to the state's list of controlled substances.…

Local legislator introduces bill to raise smoking age » Wicked Local Westwood Public health officials and a retailers group tangled Tuesday over raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21, what impact that would have on retailers and whether it would truly discourage…

Mass. lawmakers make a push to raise the age of tobacco » Western Mass News Legislators are in talks about raising the purchasing age of tobacco to 21. The hot topic has drummed up mixed emotions throughout the Commonwealth.…

Baker talks 'Opioid 2.0' effort to further the fight on Mass. drug epidemic » Berkshire Eagle Gov. Charlie Baker is considering redoubling his efforts related to the opioid epidemic. …

Amid opioid epidemic, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey launches fentanyl 'strike force' with federal funds » The Republican Citing "incredibly haunting" figures that show rising opioid-related overdose deaths linked to fentanyl, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is tapping $1 million in federal money to set up a …

Rosenberg: 'Growing momentum' behind bill to raise smoking age » Boston Herald

Public Safety

Digital privacy protections eyed by House's Trump working group » State House News Service House lawmakers tasked specifically with responding to Trump-era policies from Washington honed in on internet privacy Tuesday after Congress and President Donald Trump teamed up to roll back regulato…

Trial of former Worcester Officer Motyka to resume Wednesday » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The trial of a former police officer accused of assaulting a handcuffed prisoner in 2014 in a basement holding cell at police headquarters is expected to resume Wednesday in Worcester Superior Court.…

Mayor Walsh Says Bicyclists, Pedestrians Share Blame In Accidents » WGBH Mayor Marty Walsh urged bicyclists and pedestrians to exercise caution and follow the rules of the road, in the wake of the fatal hit-and-run accident that killed cyclist Rick Archer.…

State Finance

Senate budget affirms Hill's pursuit of biz health care contributions » Boston Business Journal It appears almost certain now that some Massachusetts employers will be called upon to make new contributions to help the state pay for surging Medicaid costs.…

Senate eyes Airbnb tax bid despite Baker, House opposition to proposal » Boston Herald The state Senate is breathing life back into a bid to tax the state's short-term rental market by this year after tucking a renewed proposal aimed at Airbnb and similar services into its $40.3 billion…

State Government

Gov. Charlie Baker tours Berkshire County small businesses benefitting from new broadband access » The Republican Highlighting his administration's efforts to enhance broadband access in rural parts of Western Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker traveled to the Berkshires Tuesday to get a firsthand look at how a $1…

Stopping The Clock-Hop: New England States Tick Through Daylight Saving Time Proposals » WBUR Over the past several years, New England states have considered whether or not to stick with daylight saving time year-round. The idea is to stop "falling back" and "springing ahead" at each change of…

Taxation

$409M In Tax Changes: See How Mass. Senate Proposed New Revenue » Beverly Patch Without raising existing tax rates, the Massachusetts Senate projects that it could generate an additional $409 million in tax revenue in fiscal year 2018 by applying existing taxes to new payers, ch…

State lawmakers advance Airbnb tax plan » WCVB A proposal to tax stays at AirBNB-style rentals survived a key vote at the Statehouse on Tuesday. The Senate Ways and Means Committee included the plan as part of its budget proposal, which includes a…

Home listed on Airbnb? Prepare for higher taxes in Massachusetts » The Republican The Massachusetts Statehouse voted on its $40.79 billion spending budget this week, and one proposal to tax Airbnb rentals survived the Senate.…

Tax-break loopholes tough to close » Sentinel & Enterprise

Transportation

Hate rides the rails, and the roads » Boston Globe Rachel Strauss' daily commute to work runs through the T station in Harvard Square — the last place where the hospital research assistant expected to come face to face with two swastikas…

Ribbon Cut On New Boston Landing MBTA Commuter Rail Station » CBS Boston

Utilities

West Stockbridge business owners hail broadband delivery » Berkshire Eagle Here's a surefire restaurant recipe, for a dish you might call the meltdown: A hundred customers are packed into the Shaker Mill Tavern Family Smokehouse in West Stockbridge.…

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Secretary Ash breaks ground at Malden City Hall » Sampan

5 takeaways from the Senate Ways and Means budget » The Metro West Daily News

Potential guv candidate Setti Warren planning "first step" » State House News Service

Rented rooms tax contributes to $409 mil in new tax $$$ in Senate budget » State House News Service

Baker working on cybersecurity proposals » Gloucester Times

Senate proposal tempers Baker employer health care tax » The Metro West Daily News

EDITORIAL: It's Donoghue's turn on city's petition » Lowell Sun

Should Non-Profit Universities Pay Up? » CBS Boston

Wall Street Thinks Trump's All Talk When It Comes to Breaking Up Banks » Bloomberg Politics

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey looking into Malden charter school discrimination claims » Mass Live

'This is an illegal body,' lawyer for Springfield cop accused in beating says of police review board » Mass Live

Lawmakers seek to add carfentanil to state drug laws » WCVB

Senate rolls out budget amid shaky revenue supports » State House News Service

Gov. Baker Praises Springfield's School Turnaround Model » WAMC

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Recipe of the Week

Maine Potato Doughnuts

Yankee Magazine

Makes 16 Servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup lightly packed mashed russet or Yukon Gold potatoes (see “Additional Notes,” below)
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Vegetable shortening or vegetable oil for frying (see “Additional Notes,” below)
  • Cinnamon sugar, for dusting (optional)

Directions

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with a standing or handheld mixer until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until glossy and pale yellow.

Add the potato and buttermilk and beat until smooth. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg and beat just until evenly combined. The dough should now be fairly easy to handle, but still a bit sticky.

Generously dust your counter with flour (the recipe is calibrated so that the dough can absorb this flour without getting dry). Turn the dough out onto the counter and flip to coat with flour.

With your hands, gently press the dough out to a ½-inch thickness and cut into rounds using a doughnut cutter or two biscuit cutters (a large and a small). Gather the scraps and gently press out again as needed to use up all the dough.

Fill a Dutch oven with oil or shortening to a depth of 2½ inches. Set over medium heat and bring the temperature to 375° (check with a thermometer). Working in small batches, cook the doughnuts in the oil, turning once, until puffed and golden brown on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes per side. As you fry, you may need to reduce or increase the heat to maintain a steady temperature. Check it periodically with the thermometer.

Transfer the cooked doughnuts to paper towels to drain. If desired, toss them in cinnamon sugar when they’re cool enough to handle. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

Additional Notes:

The drier your potatoes are, the lighter your doughnuts will be, so we bake or microwave them, rather than boil them. Running the cooked spuds through a potato ricer gives a fluffier texture. When it comes to frying doughnuts, we find that melted vegetable shortening produces a crisper crust. Feel free to just use leftover mashed potatoes, though, provided they aren’t flavored with garlic, chives, etc.



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