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10:30am House Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Oversight Hearing

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Must-Reads

Housing bond pitched as "engine" in climate marked by rising prices » State House News Service Describing it as "the biggest thing that we all do together related to affordable housing development," a top Baker administration official on Tuesday asked lawmakers to support a five-year $1.3 billi…

Resistant to MassHealth changes, lawmakers set up showdown with Baker » State House News Service Baker administration officials on Tuesday urged lawmakers to get on board with reforms to rein in costs at MassHealth, but the House is poised on Wednesday to create a showdown with the governor by se…

'America First,' except at Mar-a-Lago » Miami Herald Recently, during what was billed as “Made in America Week,” the Trump administration petitioned the U.S. Labor Department to allow foreign workers to take 70 seasonal jobs from October thr…

Wasserman Schultz aide arrested trying to leave the country » Politico Imran Awan, a House staffer at the center of a criminal investigation potentially impacting dozens of Democratic lawmakers, has been arrested on bank fraud and is prevented from leaving the country wh…

Watching Donald Trump Sing 'Despacito' Is Weirdly Mesmerizing » The Huffington Post President Donald Trump appears to belt out the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee song of the summer (and the newly crowned most streamed track of all time) in a new auto-tuned mashup that's going viral onli…

Lawmakers want federal review of MBTA Wi-Fi plan » The Salem News BOSTON — The state's congressional delegation is calling on federal regulators to review the MBTA's planned expansion of its wireless service, which has caused a furor in communities along the …

Friedman breezes to state Senate seat » Lowell Sun BOSTON -- Cindy Friedman, the former chief of staff to the late Sen. Kenneth Donnelly, will fill the seat of her former boss after easily winning the special election Tuesday over Green-Rainbow party …

Here's how local TV news is making it harder for the Senate to repeal Obamacare » The Washington Post Senate Republicans voted Tuesday night to open debate on repealing and possibly replacing the Affordable Care Act — the first iteration of which promptly stumbled on procedural grounds. …

House poised to reject Baker's MassHealth reforms » Commonwealth Magazine BAKER ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS on Tuesday urged lawmakers to get on board with reforms to rein in costs at MassHealth, but the House is poised on Wednesday to create a showdown with the governor by se…

Scope of practice on table in health cost battle » State House News Service Optometrists want to treat glaucoma. Nurse anesthetists want to practice with more freedom. And podiatrists want legislative approval to perform amputations, which can occur when foot doctors are remo…

“This could all implode with a tweet, and we don’t know,” Sanchez said. “With the impending cloud before us, we need to be extra careful, and I understand the sense that we need to move it forward and get into the queue, but I don’t know.”

Representative Jeffrey Sanchez

Speaking about the potential changes to health care at the federal level.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

While the Senate debated health care, Mitt Romney was waterskiing » Boston Globe It's been a contentious week in Washington. The Beltway has been transfixed by the ongoing Senate debate surrounding the potential repeal of so-called Obamacare. …

Senate will now take on health bill, and outlook is far from certain » Boston Globe Senate Republicans, after a dramatic return by an ailing Senator John McCain, suffered a setback Tuesday night in their effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act when they came up short of …

Business

Two firms settle case over illegal asbestos removal » Boston Globe The contractor in charge of razing the former South Shore YMCA building in downtown Quincy three years ago and a consultant hired to monitor the work have paid a total of $180,000 to settle a state la…

Investors want more women, minorities on corporate boards » Boston Globe What do Amazon, Facebook, and Netflix have in common? Not a single person of color sits on their corporate boards.…

Trump administration steps in on fishing limits, and the implications could ripple » Boston Globe The Trump administration, in an unprecedented decision, has rejected the recommendation of a commission that has long overseen fishing issues along the East Coast, raising deep concerns about politica…

Tiny and Son's Glass Company Hosts Legislators » glassBYTEs.com Last week, Peter Brown, president of Tiny & Sons, hosted 10 legislators from the Massachusetts state Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business at his shop outside of Boston in Pembro…

Court sides with liquor store chain in suit over bargain booze » Boston Business Journal

Environment

After decades, Fall River to be paid for shellfish taken from Taunton River » Wicked Local Fall River Quahogs love the city. They thrive here. But, like so many, they have to leave to find their destiny. The city could make some money from that soon.…

Analysis: Non-White Mass. Voters More Troubled By Climate Change Than White Voters » WBUR Massachusetts voters are more concerned than ever about climate change. That's according to a WBUR poll released earlier this summer, which found more of the state's voters than ever believe climate c…

Gaming

Local Officials Generally Supportive of Later Last Call For Casinos » New England Public Radio As some high profile Massachusetts politicians criticize recent legislation that paves the way for casinos in the commonwealth to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., elected officials in communities where res…

DraftKings raises a stink about Mass. online gaming proposal; vote delayed » Boston Business Journal Boston-based DraftKings Inc. is not so happy with a state commission's proposal that would classify daily fantasy sports under the broad umbrella of "online gaming," a gambling classification the star…

DraftKings Upset with Massachusetts Regulator for Classifying DFS as Online Gambling » Casino Guardian Boston-based daily fantasy sports (DFS) provider DraftKings has taken issue with Massachusetts gambling regulator for classifying DFS under the umbrella of online gaming. …

Last Call for Alcohol at Casinos? » WCVB How much alcohol is needed to keep a Casino afloat? Massachusetts may grant Casinos the right to serve alcohol until 4am – this development courtesy of a provision tucked into the 2018 budget b…

Draft Kings disgruntled with online gaming panel recommendations » State House News Service The panel that has been studying the emerging online gaming industries on Tuesday recommended that the Legislature broadly define "online gaming" and permanently legalize daily fantasy sports, but hol…

Health Care

Lawmakers buck Baker on health care » Lowell Sun Baker administration officials on Tuesday urged lawmakers to get on board with reforms to rein in costs at MassHealth, but the House is poised on Wednesday to create a showdown with the governor by se…

VA secretary expands probe of embattled Manchester, N.H., hospital » Boston Globe The top Veterans Affairs official on Tuesday expanded the agency's investigation of the Manchester VA Medical Center, ordering the VA's inspector general to launch its own “separate, wholly inde…

Lawmakers considering Gov. Baker's healthcare reform package » WWLP 22 News Governor Charlie Baker is pushing the legislature to take action on a health care reform proposal that he says will provide affordable care access. But some residents fear it could cut their coverage.…

MassHealth makeover » Cape Cod Times The health care debate that has consumed the nation's capital in recent weeks has spread to Beacon Hill, although the state battle is mostly confined to the Medicaid issue.…

Baker's plan to cut health costs gets skeptical reception in Legislature » Boston Globe Baker administration officials received a skeptical reception in the Legislature on Tuesday …

Baker seeks expanded roles for health care providers » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker wants to give optometrists, nurse practitioners and podiatrists more responsibilities as part of a broader effort to reduce health care costs and improve coverage, but the state's m…

Resistant to MassHealth changes, Massachusetts lawmakers set up showdown with Gov. Charlie Baker » MassLive Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, left, takes questions from members of the media as Mass. Secretary of Administration and Finance Kristen Lepore, right, looks on during a news conference a…

Mass. hospitals feeling surge in heroin-related visits, data shows » State House News Service

Housing

South End renters hope legal fight stops evictions » Boston Globe Two years ago, Zhen You Mo received a notice from his employer informing him that his job as an assistant at Quinzani's Bakery was ending because developers had purchased the space, conveniently locat…

State officials get earful from Cape Cod seniors, advocates » Cape Cod Times The anxiety older Cape Cod residents experience while trying to hold onto their housing and dignity leads many into depression, advocates for senior citizens told members of the Governor's Council on …

Immigration

Immigrant advocates pleased with SJC ruling, but want state to go further » WWLP 22 News The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that detentions for federal immigration enforcement is not permitted by state law. The ruling came as immigrant advocates and several lawmakers are pushi…

Sessions Once Again Threatens Sanctuary Cities » New York Times Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday moved once again to punish so-called sanctuary cities, announcing that cities and states could lose millions of dollars in federal grants unless they began co…

Massachusetts court ruling on ICE detention prompts bill allowing local law enforcement to work with immigration officials » The Republican

Disruption leads to rocky rollout of immigration bill » State House News Service

Legislative

Whelan Chosen for Specialized Leadership Training Program » Cape Cod Online A local politician is headed off Cape to receive specialized leadership training. 1st Barnstable District State Representative Tim Whelan has been chosen out of a field of hundreds of applicants to ta…

Former North Adams Mayor Barrett Announces Candidacy for House Seat » iBerkshires Over the weekend, Barrett announced his candidacy for the 1st Berkshire seat in the House of Representatives. Barrett is best known for his 26 years as the mayor of North Adams, but his public servic…

Friedman win will boost Dem women in Senate to 13 » State House News Service Arlington Democrat Cindy Friedman is poised to join the Senate after her 4th Middlesex District special election win on Tuesday.…

Lobbying

Johnson and Johnson Fighting to Get Congress to Blind Contact Lens Market » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS When it comes to honest politics in the health care arena, it's getting hard to see clearly. …

Local Government

Methuen receives $429K for social services, home repair » The Eagle Tribune Housing projects and social services that benefit low- to moderate-income city residents are getting another funding boost. Methuen is set to receive $429,918 in the latest round of Community Developm…

Toohey announces run for state representative » The Eagle Tribune There are now three candidates running in the special election to fill the seat being vacated by longtime state Rep. Brian Dempsey.…

Milford gears up for water company purchase » Worcester Telegram BOSTON - Officials in the town of Milford are tending to the same responsibilities as those in the state's other 350 cities and towns. They're also attempting to buy a water department.…

Gobi Announces Community Development Block Grant Funding for Local Communities » Go Local Worcester Senator Anne Gobi has announced that 9 local communities have been awarded grant funding through the Community Development Block Grant program. …

Framingham facing $900K budget deficit » The Metro West Daily News Town officials are grappling with a projected deficit of more than $900,000 in the municipal budget after state aid figures came in lower than expected in the new spending plan approved by Gov. Charli…

Marijuana

Moratorium on recreational marijuana retailers set for Holyoke Council vote » The Republican The City Council next week will be asked to impose a moratorium on recreational marijuana retailers until July 31, 2018 or until the city establishes an ordinance to regulate the industry.…

Massachusetts lawmaker Diana DiZoglio urges Gov. Charlie Baker to veto marijuana law rewrite » The Republican Diana DiZolgio, a Massachusetts state representative from Methuen, is asking Gov. Charlie Baker to veto the bill rewriting the state's marijuana laws, arguing that the legislation doesn't go far enoug…

Plymouth: Senator deMacedo Speaks on Pot Law Revisions » 95.9 WATD The state legislature pushed forward an overhaul of the voter-passed marijuana legalization law last week. Both the Senate and the House voted in favor of the proposed changes. Plymouth's State Senato…

Opinion

The destruction of Jeff Sessions, 140 characters at a time » Boston Globe I declare, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, where shall you go, whatever shall you do? Frankly, my dear, Donald Trump doesn't give a damn.…

Mass. should pass gun restraining order bill » Boston Globe In the spring of 2014, Elliot Rodger murdered his two roommates and one of their friends in his apartment, near Santa Barbara, Calif., changed out of his blood-stained clothes, bought a triple-vanilla…

Is a 'Global War on Terrorism Memorial' an appropriate tribute? » Boston Globe The proposal for a Global War on Terrorism Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, to honor the country's post-9/11 war dead, described in Sunday's Globe, may seem like a no-brainer. …

Columnist Jim Cahillane: Must make East-West train a priority » Gazette Net Do you think of yourself as a demographic? No, neither do I. However, the fact is that others view us in many more ways than we even consider - given that we have lives to live and things to do.…

Our opinion: Time for law to keep kids from falling from windows » The Enterprise

Our Opinion: Many ramifications of a new pike exit » Berkshire Eagle

High-speed Rail Should Be Studied » Business West

Politics

Longtime political aide Cindy Friedman wins state Senate seat » Boston Globe When Kenneth Donnelly died of brain cancer in April, he left behind an open seat in the Massachusetts Senate and a district shaken by his loss.…

Cape lawyer McMahon to challenge AG Healey » Lowell Sun While some Democrats continue to watch Attorney General Maura Healey for signs that she'll change her mind about running for governor, Healey has drawn her first challenger for re-election in 2018.…

Diehl to speak at Marlborough Republicans' Summer Social » Wicked Local Marlborough The Marlborough Republican City Committee will host State Rep. Geoff Diehl, who is preparing to announce a 2018 challenge to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, at their 2017 Summer Social Wednesday.…

All star lineup for Democratic Picnic » Wicked Local Marblehead Come rub elbows with former Gov. Michael Dukakis and two of the three 2018 gubernatorial candidates at the Marblehead Democratic Town Committee's annual picnic, Monday Aug. 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.…

Boston Nonprofit Sets Crosshairs on Farley-Bouvier In Mailer » iBerkshires PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Boston-based advocacy group has taken aim at state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier. Residents throughout the city received a mailing recently calling on residents to call the P…

How Trump Voters In Central Mass. See The President Now » WBUR President Trump remains extremely unpopular in Massachusetts, according to a Gallup poll released this week.…

State Rep. Bud Williams: 'I have not ruled out 100 percent running' for Springfield City Council re-election » MassLive As the deadline approaches for taking out nomination papers for the 2017 city election ballot, state Rep. Bud L. Williams said Monday he is keeping the door open on a possible run for re-election to t…

Narkewicz, Riley to square off for Northampton mayor in November » Gazette Net A pool of four mayoral candidates dwindled to two on Monday, as two candidates did not submit the required number of signatures to the city clerk's office by the deadline.…

Public Health

'It's impossible to ignore this anymore': CTE study details devastating toll on football players » Boston Globe Boston researchers who studied the brains of 202 deceased football players published the most detailed portrait to date Tuesday of the devastation wrought by a degenerative brain disease linked to rep…

New Behaviorial Health Network VP brings decades of experience » The Recorder As usual, a group of local experts and policy wonks gathered in a small room on Main Street to discuss this month's agenda on treatment and recovery. And as usual, at the start of the monthly meeting …

Rep. Fiola seeks audit of DPH grants; city wants more info on state request » Herald News Weeks before the city received notice that the Department of Public Health wanted money back from the city for misused funds from a substance abuse prevention grant awarded, state Rep. Carole Fiola se…

Bill targets smoking with kids in car » The Metro West Daily News If a driver is spotted texting behind the wheel, a law enforcement officer can pull them over and issue a fine. A bill considered Tuesday would give officers that same authority in connection with a c…

Baker looks to cut Medicaid » The Berkshire Eagle Hearings on the governor's proposal to revamp health care in the commonwealth began in the Statehouse on Tuesday. …

Senate vote draws local ire » The Berkshire Eagle "Senate Republicans have just voted to open debate on destroying our health care system," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.…

Bill targets smoking with kids in car » Herald News BOSTON -- If a driver is spotted texting behind the wheel, a law enforcement officer can pull them over and issue a fine. A bill considered Tuesday would give officers that same authority in connectio…

Child protection bill targets smoking in cars » State House News Service If a driver is spotted texting behind the wheel, a law enforcement officer can pull them over and issue a fine. A bill considered Tuesday would give officers that same authority in connection with a c…

Public Safety

Sexual violence bill aimed at colleges » The Recorder The bill would require a public or private higher education institution to include procedures to report or disclose an incident of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking as par…

Rowley activist: Public hearing needed on Seabrook evacuation plan » Wicked Local Ipswich If catastrophe was to strike at the Seabrook, N.H., nuclear power plant, are regional authorities prepared to evacuate residents?…

Senate moves to protect campus sexual assault victims » Sentinel & Enterprise With an eye on Washington, the Massachusetts Senate on Monday gave initial approval to a bill that would cement Title IX statutes in Massachusetts and take protections for college students who are vic…

Bristol sheriff looks to replace in-person visits with video conferences » Boston Globe The Bristol County Sheriff's office is looking to replace in-person visitations with video conferences at two Dartmouth facilities in a move that could affect about 900 inmates.…

State Government

Polito to Attend Community Compact Signings on Cape, Vineyard » Cape Cod Online Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will attend five community compact signing ceremonies on the Cape and Vineyard Tuesday.…

Galvin plans appeal of ruling on voter registration deadline » Wicked Local Ashland Secretary of State William Galvin plans to appeal a judge's ruling that abolishes a voter registration deadline of 20 days before an election.…

Local election officials say they will make new voting rules work » The Sun Chronicle Local election officials say a court decision striking down a 20-day deadline for registering to vote before an election will complicate their work, but they will work it out. …

Transportation

State spends $135 million on western Mass. road repairs » The Recorder The Baker-Polito administration announced that Massachusetts invested at least $135 million in the last fiscal year in 50 roadway improvements and bridge projects affecting 56 towns and cities in the …

Milton working to form regional aircraft noise coalition » The Patriot Ledger The purpose of the group would be to seek an equitable solution to aircraft noise problems. …

New rail line to boost service between Springfield, Hartford » WWLP 22 News Starting next year, you'll be able to take a train from the new Union Station in Springfield to Hartford.…

MBTA to get $4.5m in parking theft settlement » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA IS EXPECTED TO COLLECT $4.5 million as part of a legal settlement with its former parking lot operator, whose employees allegedly stole money from the T over a three-year period.…

Baker deputies outline approach to transportation spending » State House News Service

Peter Pan Launches New Stop at Barnstable Municipal Airport » Cape Cod Online

Utilities

Hinds Will Visit Site Of Kinder Morgan's Pipeline Expansion » WAMC Western Massachusetts State Senator Adam Hinds will visit the site of Kinder Morgan's Connecticut Pipeline expansion in Otis State Forest Monday. …

Massachusetts Broadband Institute still faces gaps in broadband map » Berkshire Eagle The Massachusetts Broadband Institute is slowly coloring in its map of Western Massachusetts towns, indicating how unserved communities will obtain broadband internet service. …

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Anti-boycott forces are waging the wrong battle » Boston Globe

Massachusetts secures more than $250,000 for workers harmed by alleged improper wage payments » Legal Newsline

Baker facing resistance to MassHealth cuts » Commonwealth Magazine

State OKs Shastany As Full-Time Braintree Police Chief » Dedham Patch

'We're really messing up your commute and you need to know that,' transportation chief Stephanie Pollack warns Mass. Pike commuters » MassLive

Somerville Projects Included In Gov.'s $250M Roadway Investment Program » Dedham Patch

Top economic development official delivers upbeat message in Lowell (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun

18 Bills Signed Into MA Law: See The Full List » Dedham Patch

Google-backed Toast raises $101M, says it plans to hire 1,000 in 18 months » Boston Business Journal

State Rep. Hannah Kane backs changes to marijuana law » Wicked Local Westborough

Brockton officials among those challenging education funding adequacy » State House News Service

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

2        tablespoons juice, plus 1 twist of zest, from 1 lemon

2        tablespoons simple syrup

Cold water

Ice cubes

1         cup strong coffee, cold

1/8        teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

In a highball or other tall drinking glass, stir the lemon juice, simple syrup, and 3 tablespoons cold water to blend. Add ice cubes, coffee, and vanilla and stir to blend and chill the mixture. Taste and adjust flavor with additional lemon juice and/or  simple syrup if necessary. Run the lemon twist around the rim of the glass, drop it in, and serve at once.



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