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Today on Beacon Hill

11:00am Senate Health Care Cost Containment Roundtable, Room 428, State House

5:30pm Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate Meet and Greet

6:30pm Mass. Department of Transportation Meeting, East Boston High School Auditorium, 86 White Street, East Boston

7:00pm Fundraiser for State Senate Candidate Joe Shortsleeve

Must-Reads

The New Front in the Gerrymandering Wars: Democracy vs. Math » New York Times Sophisticated computer modeling has taken district manipulation to new extremes. To fix this, courts might have to learn how to run the numbers themselves …

There was no pretense about Melania Trump's heels. But sometimes, a little pretense helps. » The Washington Post There was no pretense about Melania Trump's heels. But sometimes, a little pretense helps. …

Report: 'Anti-protester' bills gain traction in state legislatures » USA TODAY “These bills would create a new set of crimes, significantly harsher penalties, and costly fines that could apply broadly to anyone — whether they are supporters of the president, members…

Alaska Case Could Spell Trouble for Contribution Limits » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS An obscure legal challenge in the Land of the Midnight Sun may join a recent line of U.S. Supreme Court cases that have shaken up the status quo in campaign finance law. …

Even in visiting hurricane-ravaged Texas, Trump keeps the focus on himself » The Washington Post 'Thank you, everybody,” the president said, sporting one of the white “USA” caps that are being sold on his campaign website for $40. “I just want to say: We love you. You are …

New Hampshire lottery changes could be "double hit" to Mass. » State House News Service There are proverbial troops amassing at the New Hampshire border and the Massachusetts Lottery is "sitting here like dead ducks," Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said Tuesday of the New Hampshire Lottery's…

Radio host Greg Hill eyes Congressional run » Boston Herald Radio personality and restaurateur Greg Hill is exploring a run for U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas' open seat, including meeting with party leaders and officials, according to people close to the Stow Republi…

National Grid, Hydro-Quebec snipe over hydro power » Commonwealth Magazine NATIONAL GRID AND HYDRO-QUEBEC, two companies competing for Massachusetts clean energy contracts, are sniping at each other over the environmental benefits of hydroelectricity in dueling CommonWealth …

Democrats' lock on Mass. politics means party's young stars are locked out » Boston Globe Quentin Palfrey started in early July, dialing political strategists and top labor union officials, fund-raisers, and members of Congress, sounding out potential support for his bid to become the Demo…

“I credit the sheriff’s commitment to providing a safe facility for our inmates. He’s done a good job on that. However, he’s also perfected the act of grandstanding in so many ways,”

Representative Alan Silvia

Commenting on Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson's idea to send Massachusetts inmates to help in Houston.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Why Approving Emergency Funding For Harvey Might Not Be Easy For Congress » WBUR When the flood waters in Texas eventually recede, the cleanup and rebuilding will begin.…

Harvey submerges some political divisions in Washington » Boston Globe Hurricane Harvey's still-rising flood waters have altered the landscape well beyond Texas: They have put aside, at least for now, vast differences within the Republican Party.…

Business

Boston businesses reach out to help after Hurricane Harvey » Boston Business Journal In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey's devastation of southeastern Texas, plenty of Boston-area companies and organizations are lending a helping hand to the thousands of people that have been displac…

Is Boston Beer in danger of losing its 'craft' status? » Boston Globe Boston Beer Co. has been the face of the American craft brewing movement since the 1980s, when, industry legend has it, charismatic founder Jim Koch traveled from bar to bar hawking samples of his Sam…

What's Next for the Winthrop Square Development Project? » JD Supra On July 28, 2017 Governor Baker approved a home rule petition proposed by Mayor Walsh which changed a Massachusetts law so that a skyscraper could be built over the Winthrop Square garage in Boston, M…

Shops cough up for emissions requirement » Boston Herald The state is poised to launch a new emissions inspection program that some mechanics worry could leave drivers waiting longer, with new equipment that's also hitting some shops with tens of thousands …

Facebook, planning major Cambridge expansion, aims to hire 500 » Boston Business Journal In July, the Business Journal was first to report that Facebook was quietly on the search for up to 120,000 square feet of space in Boston or Cambridge. The social networking giant on Wednesday confir…

Education

State expanding college affordability program » WWLP 22 The state is expanding a program that gives Massachusetts students discounts on higher education with the hope that more students will be able to earn a college degree.…

Wheelock College, BU are discussing a merger » Boston Globe Wheelock College, a 130-year-old institution that has recently confronted financial struggles, is in formal discussions about a possible merger with Boston University, representatives of both schools …

Officials, candidates react to AG's report detailing bias and bullying at Easthampton High School » MassLive Following a lengthy investigation, the office of Attorney General Maura Healey on Aug. 25 released a blistering report detailing "serious problems" with racial and ethnic bias at Easthampton High Scho…

Environment

How Wynn Is Building Its Casino To Protect Against Climate Change » WBUR When it comes to real estate, the old phrase "location, location, location" still applies.…

Sudbury: Business owner seeks repeal of plastic water bottle ban » The Metro West Daily News The owner of Sudbury Coffee Works is collecting signatures to propose repealing a ban on the sale of single-use plastic water bottles that Town Meeting approved in May.…

Harvey would 'wipe out' Boston, mayor says, eyeing flood planning » Boston Herald

Gaming

NH lottery changes could hurt Mass. » South Coast Today There are proverbial troops amassing at the New Hampshire border and the Massachusetts Lottery is “sitting here like dead ducks,” Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said Tuesday of the New Hampshi…

Massachusetts lottery officials fear impact of New Hampshire's online sales » UPI As New Hampshire moves to allow online lottery ticket sales, Massachusetts officials gathered Tuesday to discuss how their neighbor's internet sales could impact their own state's lottery sales.…

Health Care

Family seeks answers after man dies in nursing home he helped found » Boston Globe Everyone knew Walter Haddad at the nursing home, even before he moved in. He helped start Holy Trinity Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Worcester so that his family and others in the Eastern Ortho…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren celebrates healthcare win at UMass Dartmouth town hall » South Coast Today They came clutching books to be signed and phones to take selfies…

Housing

Sustainable Neighborhood Working Group recommends real estate transfer fee » Wicked Local Somerville In December 2015, the Sustainable Neighborhood Working Group (SNWG) compiled a list of 18 recommendations to address affordability in the City of Somerville, including the implementation of a real est…

Galvin warns how GOP tax plan could "cripple" Bay State housing market » State House News Service

Human Services

Food aid, with a side of culture » Boston Globe In an ambitious attempt to expand access to museums and other cultural institutions, the state on Wednesday will roll out a program to provide low-income residents with free or reduced admission to mo…

Boston Begins 'Help For Houston' Drive » WBUR The city of Boston has begun collecting supplies to send to Texas to help those affected by catastrophic flooding there.…

Mental health workers press Baker to back metal detectors at DMH facilities » Worcester Telegram

Immigration

Potential Elimination of J-1 Visa Program Could Cripple Cape Cod's Seasonal Businesses » CapeCod.com

Judiciary

Michelle Carter prosecutor nominated to be district court judge » The Sun Chronicle When she was a defense lawyer over 10 years ago, Katie Rayburn walked into Attleboro District Court and buried the prosecutor in a drunken driving case in a heap of legal citations in a rapid fire arg…

Swampscott resident joins Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court » Wicked Local Swampscott now claims a pair of residents serving in top positions across two of the three Massachusetts branches of government.…

SJC throws out man's conviction for bringing gun to Milton school » Patriot Ledger The state's highest court has thrown out the conviction of a Watertown man who was sentenced to up to 2.5 years in jail after he walked into Milton High School in 2015 with a loaded handgun and ammuni…

Labor

The Tufts Daily » The Tufts Daily When staff nurse Mary Havlicek Cornacchia reported to Tufts Medical Center at 7 a.m. on July 12, it was not for the early morning shift. Rather, Cornacchia, along with nearly 1,200 of the Tufts Medica…

Sheriff Hodgson offers Bristol County inmates to help with Harvey relief » Taunton Gazette As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to ravage the region around Houston, Texas, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson is once again offering his inmates' labor far outside Massachusetts.…

Bristol County Sheriff Proposes Sending Inmates To Help With Harvey Damage » WBUR A Massachusetts sheriff who proposed sending county jail inmates to help President Donald Trump build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is offering to send inmates to Texas to help clean up damage f…

Legislative

Special election being held to fill 1st Berkshire House seat » WWLP 22 There are five open seats in the Massachusetts Legislature, three in the Senate and two in the House of Representatives. …

Automatic voter registration now in 10 states » The Recorder Illinois this week became the tenth state to adopt an automatic voter registration law, and election reform advocates in Massachusetts are using the news to call on Bay State lawmakers to approve simi…

Candidate forums take shape as special election draws near » The Sun Chronicle As the Sept. 19 special Senate election draws near, local organizations are holding forums to give exposure to the candidates. The Walpole Republican Town Committee will be hosting a “meet and g…

Local Government

Wheelabrator Saugus: Defects in posting of notice for Planning Board hearing prejudicial » Wicked Local Saugus Wheelabrator Saugus has raised an issue with the posting of a Planning Board hearing in advance of the adoption of three Town Meeting articles related to ash landfills.…

Brookfield prepares to take sign owner to court » Worcester Telegram Whether you think the town's most outspoken resident is a crusader, crackpot or curmudgeon, it appears that John D. Holdcraft (and his infamous 8-foot-by-4-foot “Freedom of Speech” sign) w…

Massachusetts Cultural Council designates downtown North Adams a 'cultural district' » Berkshire Eagle

Opinion

Letter: Letters misrepresent BMC nurses' position » Berkshire Eagle It is disconcerting to have two letters published by the Eagle (Lawrence K. Teft, August 25, and Lou Ann Quinn, RN, July 21) citing the acts of the RNs of NARH as contributing to the demise of the hos…

Editorial: Easthampton school leaders must be held accountable » Gazette Net School leaders must be held accountable for prolonged racial discrimination at Easthampton High School and their failure to respond adequately to a series of incidents with racist overtones, ranging f…

Joseph T. Banas: Urges investigation of drug lab scandal cases » Gazette Net Now that Attorney General Maura Healey's investigators have concluded their work at Easthampton High School (“Attorney general faults handling of bias incidents,” Aug. 26-27), perhaps they…

Guest Opinion: Slow down and take a closer look at methadone clinics » The Herald News “Before we build another methadone clinic in Fall River, we need to slow down.”…

Nicholas John: Doomed plan to tax online retailers » Berkshire Eagle Gov. Charlie Baker wants Massachusetts to join a handful of other states in a doomed effort to pass an extraterritorial taxing scheme that the U.S. Supreme Court has already declared unconstitutional.…

With Houston, one America » Boston Globe From the floods threatening to drown this nation's fourth largest city, people extended their hands to strangers, opened their homes to those in need, brought their boats, and literally carried others…

Tom Yawkey was no hero » Boston Globe New Englanders have watched the controversies over statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from a seemingly safe remove: Having never put up any such monuments to racist traitors at our own cou…

Texas pols should live up to their inspiring rhetoric » Boston Globe It may be an impolitic point to make at this meteorological moment, but sometimes bluntness helps clear the conceptual clouds. So here goes: The rhetoric around the Texas disaster relief effort is ins…

Politics

Election to replace state Sen. Flanagan will be in December » Worcester Telegram A special election to replace state Sen. Jennifer L. Flanagan, D-Leominster, will be held Dec. 5.…

Leominster's Claire Freda announces run for Jennifer Flanagan's Senate seat » State House News Service LEOMINSTER -- At-large City Councilor Claire Freda is the fourth candidate to announce a run for the seat that state Sen. Jennifer Flanagan will resign from on Thursday to become the governor's choice…

Activists seek a gift cap for campaigns » Gloucester Times With tens of millions of dollars in campaign spending expected to flow into Massachusetts next year ahead of ballot questions ranging from a “millionaires tax” to a $15 per-hour minimum wa…

Sen. Eric Lesser plans town halls in Belchertown, Ludlow, Springfield » MassLive

Field shaping up for late Rep. Gailanne Cariddi's seat in Massachusetts House » MassLive

Public Health

Opioid overdoses trending downward in Needham » Wicked Local Needham According to a Department of Public Health press release last week, the number of opioid overdose-related deaths in the state has declined so far this year, making 2017 the first year since 2010 to sh…

Weymouth to hold opiate awareness vigil » Wicked Local Weymouth There have been 24 opiate overdose deaths in Weymouth this year according to police and the town substance abuse committee will hold a vigil at Bradford Hawes Park, 6:30-8 p.m. for families and reside…

Public Safety

Cape Cod Coast Guard Members Deployed To Houston As Part Of Rescue Operations » WBUR President Trump was in Texas on Tuesday to get the latest information on recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey. Harvey was downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall on Friday.…

Cops watching over Powerball winner » Boston Herald Chicopee cops are keeping a watchful eye on the home of Mavis Wanczyk, who had the sole winning ticket on a $758 million Powerball jackpot last week, and have issued a warning about social media scams…

Don't Drive Distracted, Wireless Industry Says, But Safety Advocates Want More Than Talk » Fairwarning Just after noon on March 29, a pickup truck crossed the center line of a rural road in South Texas and slammed into a church bus, killing 13 members of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels. A pol…

Hodgson proposes to send inmates to help with Harvey » South Coast Today As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to ravage the region around Houston, Texas, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson is once again offering his inmates' labor far outside Massachusetts.…

South Shore police don't expect big gains from military surplus program » Patriot Ledger While some agencies benefit from the program, South Shore law enforcement officials say their departments won't be heavily impacted by President Donald Trump's move to lift restrictions his predecesso…

Hurricane Harvey: Local efforts sought to aid Texas » Berkshire Eagle

Baker Seeks To Toughen Penalties For Dealing Drugs » WBUR

State Finance

New Hampshire's ability to handle online lottery sales could leave Massachusetts Lottery officials 'sitting here like dead ducks' » The Republican The New Hampshire Lottery's ability to allow online transactions is worrying officials at the Massachusetts State Lottery.…

State Government

Ex-BJ's Wholesale executive joins Massport's board » Boston Globe One of the Boston area's most prominent female executives has taken on a new assignment: board member at the Massachusetts Port Authority. Governor Charlie Baker has appointed Laura Sen, the former ch…

Baker's MBTA pick faces increasing scrutiny » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker's pick to head the MBTA is coming under increasing criticism from Democrats who say the former corporate executive isn't qualified for the job.…

Transportation

Greyhound-Peter Pan partnership comes to an end » Boston Globe Is New England headed for a bus fare fight? Greyhound Lines, the nation's largest bus carrier, and Peter Pan Bus Lines have long worked together, sharing bus operations and revenue for several major r…

Baker opens the door to permanent ferry service » Lynn Daily News Item Gov. Charlie Baker said the temporary ferry service to Boston could become permanent.…

Utilities

Newburyport sends letter to NRC calling for hearing » The Newburyport News The City Council sent a letter earlier this month to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C., joining several other local and state officials or boards calling for a hearing on evacuatio…

Putin-linked steel company supplies pipes for Kinder Morgan's expansion project in Otis State Forest » Berkshire Eagle Pipes being laid for a natural gas line here were made in Canada by a company owned by Roman Abramovich, a Russian billionaire and close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin.…

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Weymouth to hold opiate awareness vigil » Wicked Local Weymouth

Governor's Council should back Hurley rules (Editorial) » The Republican

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Setti Warren to Baker: Pick a Side in Senate Race » New Boston Post

BU, Wheelock College eyeing merger » Boston Business Journal

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Recipe of the Week

Parker House Rolls

Yankee Magazine

Makes 2 dozen Servings

Ingredients

 

  • 6 cups flour (approx.), divided, plus extra for work surfaces
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1 cup (1/2 pound, or 2 sticks) butter (or margarine), softened, divided, plus extra for bowl
  • 2 cups hot tap water
  • 1 large egg

Directions

In a large bowl (or the bowl of a standing mixer with hook attachment), combine 2-1/4 cups flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Add 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (or margarine). With your mixer on low speed, gradually pour 2 cups hot tap water (120-130 degrees) into the dry ingredients. Add egg. Increase mixer speed to medium; beat 2 minutes, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula. Beat in 3/4 cup flour, or enough to make a thick batter. Continue beating 2 minutes, occasionally scraping the bowl. Then with a spoon, stir in enough additional flour (about 2-1/2 cups) to make a soft dough.

Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes, working in more flour (about 1/2 cup) while kneading. Shape dough into a ball and place in a large greased bowl. Turn dough over so that the top is greased. Cover with a towel; let rise in a warm place until volume doubles, about 1-1/2 hours.

"Punch" dough down: Push down in the center, then push the edges into the center. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly to make a smooth ball. Cover with a bowl for 15 minutes, and let dough rest.

Heat your oven to 400 degrees. In a 17-1/4x11-1/2-inch roasting pan, over low heat, melt remaining 1/2 cup butter and spread in an even layer on the bottom of the pan. On a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin, roll dough out 1/2 inch thick. Using a 2-3/4-inch round biscuit cutter dipped in flour, cut dough into circles (don't twist). Holding each dough circle by the edge, dip both sides into melted butter; fold in half.

Arrange folded dough circles in rows, each nearly touching the next, in the roasting pan. Cover the pan with a towel; let dough rise in a warm place until volume doubles, about 40 minutes. Bake 15 to 18 minutes, until browned.


Press Releases

What's on State Ballots This November » National Federation of Independent Business

Senator Ross Announces Legislative Passage of FY18 Supplemental Budget » Sen. Richard Ross

NATURAL GAS AND INDUSTRY INNOVATION CONTINUES TO HELP DRIVE US GHG EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

SMART, SCIENCE-BASED STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND REDUCE EMISSIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

Massachusetts Small Business Scorecard: October 2018 » National Federation of Independent Business

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

Governor Baker Nominates Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith to the District Court » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration, MEMA, Local Officials and Columbia Gas Remind Impacted Customers of Available Housing Options and Provide Home Safety Tips » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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