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10:00am House Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Oversight Hearing

5:30pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Worcester City Councilor Khrystian King

6:00pm Summer Fundraiser for Rep. Dan Hunt

6:30pm Summer Fundraiser for Rep. Mike Connolly

Must-Reads

Rep. Seth Moulton Calls For New Leadership Of The Democratic Party » NPR Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton says his party - the Democratic Party - needs a new vision, a new message and new leaders. Moulton, who's in his second term, joined the Marine Corps straight ou…

Record lottery profit predicted amid lower prize payouts » State House News Service Although gross sales are tracking more than 2 percent lower than last year, the Massachusetts Lottery is on pace to return more than $1 billion in profit in fiscal year 2017, Treasurer Deborah Goldber…

The left's health care rhetoric is unhinged » Boston Globe REMEMBER HOW liberal politicians promised to tone down the partisan rhetoric after a heavily armed Bernie Sanders fan opened fire on GOP lawmakers taking batting practice on June 14? Remember how they…

What happens when the whole world becomes selfish » The Washington Post Here in the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, the mood is “Kurdistan first” with the announcement of a referendum on independence in September. In neighboring Saudi Arabia, it's “Saudi fir…

Baker, DeLeo, Rosenberg on Budget, Revenues, Marijuana Bill » State House News Service The three officials talked to reporters after their Monday leadership meeting. …

Single-Payer Fight Moves to Massachusetts » Truthout As the GOP was working to take health care away from millions of Americans, news came that California's single-payer health care bill was shelved by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, provoking outrage …

5 changes McConnell can make to get repeal bill on track » Politico The majority leader has to craft a compromise that tears down enough of Obamacare to satisfy the party's conservative wing, while also ensuring the health benefits are generous enough to keep skeptica…

House Speaker And Senate President Talk Crunch Time On Beacon Hill » WGBH News With just about a month to go until Massachusetts state lawmakers go on summer break, there is a lot of work left to be done. Among the unfinished businesses is the implementation of the recreational …

Cindy Friedman captures Democratic nomination in state Senate primary election » Boston Globe A veteran Beacon Hill aide on Tuesday captured the Democratic nomination for the state Senate seat that was vacated when her boss died of brain cancer in April.…

Elizabeth Warren Tries to Win Back Voters in Trump Country » The Wall Street Journal Sen. Elizabeth Warren is traveling to Trump-friendly areas of her state hoping to connect with his backers and provide a road map for her party to win back working-class voters.…

This Is How the GOP Health Care Bill Rips Off Poor People » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS With Republicans touting their proposals for health care, I recently recalled a bull session I had in my campus newspaper's office during my senior year (which was longer ago than I would care to reca…

“Sen. Jehlen — her big worry is that we not feed the black market,” said Rosenberg, “The tax rate can have an impact on that …. She thinks 28 [percent] is too high. But, you know, they’ll negotiate. They’ll figure it out.”

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Speaking about Sen. Patricia Jehlen, co-chair of the Committee on Marijuana Policy.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

White House taps key Senate aide for Treasury rescue mission » Politico President Donald Trump is planning to nominate a top Senate tax aide to serve in a key role at Treasury as the department struggles with a limited set of senior staff and increasingly strained relatio…

How Warren turned into an enthusiastic supporter of single-payer health care » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren now says Democrats should endorse a government-run, single-payer health insurance system for the upcoming 2018 midterm elections and beyond, after suggesting four years ago th…

On Senate Health Bill, Trump Falters in the Closer's Role » New York Times President Trump began his all-hands meeting with Republican senators at the White House on Tuesday by saying they were “very close” to passing a health care bill, just as efforts to fast-…

Business

Developers buy Boston Cab properties in Fenway for $50 million » Boston Globe Edward J. Tutunjian, the controversial owner of Boston Cab, has sold his company's properties in the Fenway to a development team for around $50 million.…

William Galvin seeks pause on shadow law vote » Boston Globe It looked like smooth sailing for a bill that would allow more shadow on Boston Common and help clear the way for a new downtown skyscraper. Until Secretary of State William F. Galvin spoke up during …

Struggling Massachusetts dairy farmers pleading for tax relief » WWLP 22 Massachusetts dairy farms are a bucolic reminder of the state's more agricultural past and while technology and development have raced ahead, the money paid to milk producers has not followed the same…

Galvin Splashes Cold Water On Millennium Tower » WGBH News A bill that would exempt a proposed high-rise development from laws meant to protect the Boston Common from shadows cast by tall buildings may have gotten a bit of cold water thrown on it yesterday af…

Shadowboxing: Galvin, city get in heightening debate over tower's shade » Boston Business Journal

Domestic Relations

Aguilar honored for domestic-violence work » Sentinel & Enterprise

Education

Longtime Springfield Teachers Union President To Retire » WAMC After two decades as president of the teachers union in the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts, Tim Collins is formally retiring at the end of the month. …

Colleagues Remember Late Education Commissioner's Dedication To Improvement » WBUR Mitchell Chester, commissioner of Massachusetts' Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, died Monday night after a battle with cancer. He was 65.…

Mitchell Chester, state's education commissioner, dies » Gazette Net Mitchell Chester, a career educator and public school administrator who served as the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education since 2008, has died. He was 65…

National educators gathering in Everett » Boston Globe

Environment

WBUR Poll Finds A Sharp Increase In Concern About Climate Change Among Mass. Voters » WBUR A new WBUR poll released Wednesday finds concern about climate change among Massachusetts voters has grown dramatically.…

Gaming

Just Before Feds Expected To Rule, Mashpee Wampanoags Drop A Legal Avenue For Recognition » WGBH News Just before the Bureau of Indian Affairs was expected to issue a ruling on the status of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, the tribe has suspended that request and vowed to focus their attention on appeali…

Connecticut governor signs bill for East Windsor Mashantucket Pequot-Mohegan casino intended to compete with MGM Springfield » MassLive Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed legislation into law that could lead to a new tribal casino in East Windsor, the first casino to be built on non-tribal land in Connecticut.…

Health Care

Massachusetts leaders consider state impact of U.S. Senate health care bill » WWLP 22 The future of health care in Massachusetts remains uncertain as Washington Republicans inch closer to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.…

Despite GOP pledges, health care remains in limbo » Boston Globe Republicans have vowed, again and again for seven years, that they would repeal former President Barack Obama's signature health care law if given the chance. …

Brockton mayor takes stand against healthcare plan » The Enterprise

Housing

Lawmakers cautioned about short-term rental impacts on housing market » State House News Service As lawmakers decide how to regulate the growing short-term rental marketplace, affordable housing advocates lamented a loss of units for traditional tenants and asked officials to develop a system tha…

Human Services

Susan Kelly named 'Unsung Heroine' at Statehouse » Wicked Local Gloucester Susan Kelly of Gloucester has been honored as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women's 2017 class of Unsung Heroines. …

Immigration

A growing reason to worry about deportation » Boston Globe KEVIN CULLEN'S column “A pointless deportation” (Metro, June 21) highlights again the horror of indiscriminately imposing immigration laws.…

Judiciary

Western Mass. bar asks 'Why not us?' after Kafker nomination » Mass Lawyers Weekly Western Massachusetts lawyers have raised the rallying cry “413 for the SJC” after feeling snubbed by Gov. Charlie Baker's nomination of Appeals Court Chief Justice Scott L. Kafker for a s…

SJC justice banned from touting his UMass roots » Boston Herald Supreme Judicial Court Justice David Lowy is the first high-court judge to graduate from UMass-Amherst, and the school is understandably proud of that.…

Frederick Baran Jr. nominated to become clerk magistrate of Chicopee District Court » Mass Live

Councilor adjourns nominee hearing after colleagues are late » State House News Service

Local Government

Panhandling prompting variety of proposals from Holyoke officials » MassLive How to deal with panhandling is getting attention in a variety of ways from city officials. And, from pledges of compassion to exploring links between panhandling and trafficking to tough-love steps, …

Friedman election would restore women in senate to highwater mark » Wicked Local Woburn

Marijuana

DeLeo suggests possible pot tax compromise » MassLive House Speaker Robert DeLeo conceded Tuesday in a televised interview that the House may be willing to move off its position that retail marijuana sales be taxed at 28 percent, and the Democratic leade…

Legislature Poised to Open Up Medical Marijuana Licensing to For-Profits » JDSupra Last week, the Massachusetts House voted 126-28 to make major revisions to Chapter 334 of the Acts of 2016. That's the law allowing recreational use of marijuana, which was enacted via an initiative …

West Springfield resident opposed to recreational marijuana criticizes Mayor Will Reichelt's handling of industry » MassLive WEST SPRINGFIELD - A West Springfield resident spearheading an effort to ban the sale of recreational marijuana in town is accusing the mayor of favoritism toward the marijuana industry over the will …

No shortage of suggestions for pot panel » State House News Service As they negotiate a compromise bill to change the state's marijuana law, lawmakers on the conference committee are getting plenty of input on what should and should not be in the final legislation.…

Councilor: Give minorities a stake in pot biz » Boston Herald City Councilor Ayanna Pressley wants the marijuana legislation now churning its way through the State House to include language that helps minorities take part in the state's nascent pot industry.…

North Andover Rep. Diana DiZoglio sponsors pot bill provisions to fund school initiatives » Wicked Local North Andover With guidance from North Andover School Superintendent Jennifer Price, state Rep. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, recently sponsored changes to the state's recreational marijuana law that DiZoglio says wil…

DiZoglio seeks $20 million for substance abuse education » The Eagle Tribune As the recreational marijuana law makes its way through the Statehouse this week, a proposal from state Rep. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, in the House version of the bill would secure $20 million for ad…

In Massachusetts, small group working behind closed doors to reach cannabis compromise » The Cannabist

House Speaker Robert DeLeo signals room to compromise on marijuana tax » The Recorder

Opinion

Hard truths about Obamacare » Boston Globe AS WASHINGTON REPUBLICANS scramble to keep their Obamacare repeal hopes alive, today let's dispense with some lies, myths, and misplaced notions that have marked that debate.…

Two words about the health care bill » Boston Globe MONDAY AFTERNOON, the Congressional Budget Office released its score of the Senate health care bill and it confirmed what everyone outside of the Senate Republican caucus has come to understand about …

Our view: In support of open government » Gloucester Times The Massachusetts Open Meeting Law is one of the best tools in a citizen's arsenal to ensure city and town boards do most of their work in front of the people who elect them.…

Some urgency, please, on Beacon Hill » Boston Globe Important deadlines are just days away on Beacon Hill — and the Legislature needs to get its act in gear to meet them.…

Editorial: Injection centers: helping or enabling? » Worcester Telegram Injection centers? When we first heard that phrase, we were shocked. Could our state really be considering setting up facilities for drug users to shoot up? …

Editorial: Another year shortchanging our students » Worcester Sun With the school year over and the end of the state's fiscal year just days away it seems an appropriate time to lament another missed opportunity to address the inadequate funding of the commonwealth'…

RICHARD EVANS: House marijuana bill rejects the will of voters » The Enterprise Last November, Massachusetts voters unambiguously declared that it was time to get real about marijuana. Did the House of Representatives get the message? …

Politics

Marty Walsh's campaign chest bulging with business checks » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh, relying heavily on the city's thriving business interests, has collected more than $1.7 million in campaign contributions since the beginning of the year, a sum that has helped …

Poll measures Mass. electorate on taxes, candidates » Lowell Sun With the election season still months away, most Massachusetts voters haven't heard of the challengers seeking to topple Gov. Charlie Baker and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, according to a WBUR poll.…

Endorsements heat up District 2 race » Boston Herald The already intense District 2 City Council race is heating up, with a slew of high-profile elected officials throwing their support behind Mike Kelley — providing backing in an area largely lo…

Friedman poised to take open Senate seat in July » State House News Service Cindy Friedman, who served for nine years as chief of staff to the late Sen. Ken Donnelly, is in good position to be elected July 25 as his successor after winning a special election primary on Tuesda…

Blatchford quits council race » The Eagle Tribune James Blatchford pulled out of the race for City Council on Tuesday, five days after he was fired from his job as an aide to state Rep. Carmine Gentile and led from the Statehouse by security.…

Public Health

STAT forecast: Opioids could kill nearly 500,000 Americans in the next decade » STAT News Opioids could kill nearly half a million people across America over the next decade as the crisis of addiction and overdose accelerates.…

Public Safety

Sheriff Nick Cocchi announces funding to treat substance abusers, not jail them » The Republican The Hampden County Sheriff's Department has received a $188,837 state grant to help inmates who are substance abusers get the treatment they need, Sheriff Nick Cocchi announced Tuesday, June 27, 2017.…

$2M+ awarded to criminal justice agencies to help with state's heroin, opioid crisis » WWLP 22 More than $2 million is being awarded to agencies across the state to help combat heroin and opioid abuse in Massachusetts.…

State Finance

Official: Bond interest rates not affected by rating downgrade » State House News Service

State Government

AG Healey: Mass. Will Continue Fight Trump On 'Unconstitutional' Travel Ban » WGBH News Attorney General Maura Healey, a longtime opponent of President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban, assured her supporters that her office would continue to fight the proposal every step of the way.…

Automatic voter registration proponents make push » State House News Service

Taxation

Cranberry growers appeal for tax credits to upgrade bogs » The Enterprise BOSTON – They cultivate the state's official berry, and now cranberry growers are asking for the state to extend a helping hand, assisting them to keep pace with a worldwide market where Quebec…

Lawmakers Cautioned About Short-Term Rental Impacts » Banker & Tradesman

Transportation

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno adds support for study of high-speed, east-west rail in Massachusetts » The Republican With the grand opening of Union Station just celebrated, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno has urged the state House Ways and Means Committee to support a feasibility study of Springfield-to-Boston high-speed pa…

A simple way to make Boston's subway a bit less chaotic » Boston Globe It is standard subway etiquette: Passengers entering a train should wait for riders to exit first. But at busy Boston stations during rush hour, that courtesy often goes out the window as riders face …

MBTA's overdue Wi-Fi system faces opposition » Metro Commuter rail riders hailing from communities north of Boston want better wireless internet service, but a vocal group is upset about the communication towers that are planned to achieve that aim.…

Northampton's popularity among rail riders boosts push for more service » Gazette Net Plans for more passenger rail service to Paradise City and a full-length platform are chugging along, officials say, and new ridership statistics show Northampton is playing a pivotal role.…

Consultant's past work got off track » Boston Herald The MBTA is paying a consultant $260,000 to oversee a pricey new train safety project similar to one she helped supervise in California that was plagued by delays, reports of infighting and calls to b…

Sturbridge PD: Driving instructor let son, 13, drive 8 miles » Worcester Telegram A former Brookfield selectman and candidate for state representative who owns a driving school is being summoned to court after he allegedly allowed his 13-year-old son to drive a car more than 8 mile…

Utilities

Wendell getting $730K for broadband » The Recorder Wendell will get $730,000 of the $4.5 million in Last Mile Infrastructure Grant Program awards for broadband internet networks in unserved communities in western and central Massachusetts, it was anno…

Shutesbury hopeful to be connected by 2019 » MassLive With the listening ear of Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, local civic leaders expressed tentative excitement about moving toward full broadband access at a roundtable discussion Tuesday in the Town Hall.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Charlie Baker snubs region and whiffs on SJC pick (Editorial) » The Republican

VMware moving from Cambridge to Boston's Downtown Crossing » Boston Business Journal

White House opioid crisis commission misses due date for preliminary report » STAT News

New England Republicans Are Speaking Out Against the Senate's Health Bill » Boston Magazine

US Rep. Richard Neal slams findings in CBO's Senate health care bill analysis » The Republican

Day On Board With Marijuana Bill » Beacon Hill Patch

Lawmakers touch marijuana 'third rail' » Wicked Local Plymouth

Political Notes: DeMacedo resigns from pot policy committee » Cape Cod Times

Mass. Lottery chief gets 8% pay raise as profits climb » Worcester Telegram

Report: Rural Roads And Bridges In NY, MA Ranked Among Worst » WAMC

Boston: Gov. Baker Sees Silver Lining in Ruling on Trump Travel Ban » 95.9 WATD

Citing growth, harness industry bids to protect race horse fund » State House News Service

Not even close: Charlie Baker leads Democratic rivals in new poll » Boston Globe

WBUR Poll: Warren And Baker In Strong Positions For Re-Election » WBUR

Cranberry growers appeal for tax credits to update bogs » State House News Service

At 88, Thomas Noonan stepping down as clerk-magistrate of Worcester court » Worcester Telegram

This Massachusetts Democrat comes closest to beating Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018, WBUR/MassINC poll says » The Republican

Elizabeth Warren: Senate GOP health care bill 'comes back to life more often than the lead zombie in a horror movie' » The Republican

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh lobster tail, knuckle, and claw meat
  • 4 New England–style split-top hot dog rolls
  • 1 stick salted butter, softened
  • Mayonnaise (preferably Hellman’s)

Directions

Break the lobster meat into large chunks, splitting the tails in half but leaving smaller claws whole. Set aside. Heat a pan or griddle to medium heat. Spread a thin, even layer of the softened butter onto each side of the hot dog rolls. Place rolls in pan and toast on each side until golden. Swipe a thin layer of mayonnaise inside each roll and fill with lobster meat, making sure each roll gets an even amount of tail, claw, and knuckle meat. If desired, melt remaining butter and drizzle over the top. Best enjoyed outdoors, on the ocean, with a few lobster boats in sight!



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