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10:00am Mass. Gaming Commission Meeting, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston

11:00am Funding Justice Reinvestment: An In-Depth Look at the Colorado Model and Lessons for Massachusetts, Room 428, State House

12:00pm Governor's Council Meeting, Governor's Council Chambers, State House

1:00pm Joint Committee on Election Laws, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, & Recovery, Public Hearing

Must-Reads

Galvin backs tax disclosures for presidential ballot access » Boston Globe Secretary of State William F. Galvin, the state's top elections official, will throw his support behind an effort, inspired by President Trump's refusal to disclose his finances, to require presidenti…

Nafta Talks Lurch Ahead Without Signs of Major Progress » New York Times Negotiators for the United States, Canada and Mexico concluded the second round of Nafta talks, saying they were moving ahead but providing few details. …

Democrats launch super PAC to win back statehouses » Politico Democrats have been throttled by Republicans in the all-important battle for state legislative chambers the past decade. Now they're trying to turn the tide with the launch of a new super PAC. …

Senators taking health care talks to Vermont » State House News Service Conversations with Vermont and Maryland officials are on the agenda this week for Bay State senators working on health care legislation. …

After charter defeat, lawmakers weigh empowerment zone proposals » State House News Service Supporters of legislation aimed at allowing more autonomy and flexibility in struggling schools pointed at two cities Tuesday to make their case.…

In New Book, Clinton Blames Loss on Sanders' Unrealistic 'Pony' Promises » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS Hillary Clinton's memoir, What Happened, will not be released until September 12, but a page of it has leaked on Twitter. The page was leaked one day after Clinton formally endorsed a new media outlet…

Charlie Baker should help reclaim the GOP or leave it » Boston Globe If you tried to engineer the ideal governor for modern Massachusetts?—?combining the technocratic know-how and public-spiritedness of Michael Dukakis with the casual quick-study confidence of W…

Ellen Murphy Meehan, seen as strong congressional candidate, will not run » Lowell Sun LOWELL -- Ellen Murphy Meehan gave it "serious consideration," but she will not be running for Congress. …

Here's how much ending DACA could cost Massachusetts » Boston Business Journal President Donald Trump is reportedly expected to end a program that gives undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children work permits. …

Cannabis Commission may be scrambling for funds » Commonwealth Magazine THE STATE COMMISSION CHARGED with implementing the new legal marijuana law is starting its work with no money in its coffers and uncertainty about whether it will have sufficient funds to set up the p…

Baker, a Republican, said the president made “the wrong decision today that could negatively impact our economy and many of the Commonwealth’s families.” “I hope Congress acts quickly to find a bipartisan, permanent solution to maintain the protections” of DACA, he said.

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about President Trump's plan to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Corey Lewandowski heads to Harvard this fall » Boston Globe Over the years, Corey Lewandowski, a Lowell native, has been many things: a legislative aide, a marine patrol officer, a staffer for a Koch brothers-sponsored group, Donald Trump's presidential campai…

Business

A tale of two cities, and both of them are Lowell » Boston Globe Bud Caulfield, 80, and Elmer Martinez, 20, are both Lowellians. They went to the same high school, they live in the same neighborhood, and both have ideas of what Lowell should look like in the future…

Berkshire Museum To Withdraw From Smithsonian Partnership » WAMC The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts plans to withdraw from its partnership with the Smithsonian Institute. …

Massachusetts Poised to Finish Legislative Job On Wine Shipments » Business Wire The National Association of Wine Retailers today announced its support for a bill that would correct two oversights to the 2014 law that legalized out-of-state wine shipments to Massachusetts' consume…

Mass. business confidence flat; employers mulling relocation, AIM says » Worcester Telegram Confidence among Massachusetts employers slipped for the second straight month in August and has been flat since April, according to a business group whose president says employers feel “under s…

Berkshire Museum's Smithsonian ties severed over art sale plan » Berkshire Eagle The Berkshire Museum has ended its relationship with the Smithsonian Institution as the result of the museum's decision this summer to sell off some of its art as a way to bolster its endowment and fu…

Chelmsford seeks 10 more liquor licenses to boost business corridor » Lowell Sun Chelmsford, a town of 32,000 people just south of the New Hampshire border, wants to rejuvenate a business corridor and the Legislature appears poised to help out by granting 10 additional liquor lice…

Gas prices surge 36 cents in Mass. following Hurricane Harvey landfall » Boston Business Journal Gas prices in Massachusetts have surged 36 cents to $2.72 for a gallon of regular fuel in the last week, as refineries in the gulf states continue to deal with the fallout of Hurricane Harvey.…

Civil Rights

Dell EMC to pay $110K over transgender discrimination » Worcester Business Journal The Massachusetts Attorney General's office announced Dell EMC will pay $110,000 and update its policies and training guidelines after allegations of gender identity-based discrimination against a for…

Crimes

Mobster suspected in Isabella Gardner Museum case may not be mentally competent » Boston Globe The sentencing of a reputed Connecticut mobster at the center of efforts to recover $500 million worth of artwork stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was postponed Tuesday because of …

Education

Springfield school officials face off with state teachers unions over empowerment zone bill » The Republican Should a novel model that has been used to turn around Springfield's public middle schools be expanded as a statewide option?…

Bridgewater State says it will be first US university to make Narcan widely available » Boston Globe Bridgewater State University will offer public access to Narcan in locations across campus to combat potential overdoses, the university said.…

Admin: 'Free community college' doesn't equate to affordability » Wicked Local Danvers THE ISSUE: Four states now offer free community college to their residents, covering tuition and mandatory fees. LOCAL IMPACT: It could likely cost Massachusetts an estimated $127 million annually to …

More women's colleges open doors to transgender students » Worcester Telegram Until last year, Ninotska Love would have been barred from attending Wellesley College. She's an accomplished student who has persevered through hardship, but under longstanding rules, the college wou…

Environment

Global warming to make powerful hurricanes more likely » Boston Globe The rapid succession of Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey is unusual, say scientists, who add warming ocean…

Environmental group appeals approval of Sandwich plant expansion » Cape Cod Times An environmental advocacy group is appealing the state's decision to permit the expansion of NRG Energy's Canal Generating Plant in Sandwich, arguing the officials failed to adequately consider a 2008…

Gaming

Baker: Learn before you leap into online lottery » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker wants to scout out other states' experiences before investing political capital in the idea of sanctioning online lottery products in Massachusetts.…

Health Care

Senators Talk With Industry About Health Care Bill » Banker & Tradesman A Senate working group has wrapped up its series of public discussions on health care cost drivers but will continue talks with industry officials as its members aim to produce new cost control legisl…

Dental chain settles MassHealth case » Worcester Business Journal

Immigration

Mass. college presidents defend DACA » Worcester Telegram Public community college officials in Massachusetts are taking a stand in support of a 5-year-old immigration program put in place by President Barack Obama, but on the chopping block under President …

'I love this country, it is my home,' DACA beneficiary Diana Ortiz Giron says » The Republican Diana Ortiz Giron says she and others knew the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was temporary when it was established in 2012, but they signed up anyway, with a little fear and skepticis…

Mass. political leaders vow to protect DACA recipients » Boston Globe Massachusetts political leaders vowed to try to protect young immigrants after the Trump administration announced that it was abolishing the federal policy that has shielded roughly 800,000 people fro…

Markey, mayor, AG push back against president over DACA » Boston Herald A fired up Edward J. Markey vowed today to defeat President Trump's rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, with the senator saying he won't quit until the progr…

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey joins US Sen. Ed Markey and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in support of DACA 'Dreamers' » The Republican Top Massachusetts Democrats and immigration activists are rallying in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as the Trump administration moves to end the program.…

Reaction on the North Shore to DACA repeal was swift and passionate » Wicked Local Marblehead Reaction on the North Shore has been swift and passionate to President Trump's decision to repeal DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy), including from Congressman Seth Moulton, who…

Trump moves to end 'dreamers' program and calls on Congress to act » Boston Globe President Trump on Tuesday ordered an end to the Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, calling it an “amnesty-first approach” and urging Congress t…

Bay State officials blast Trump's DACA decision » Wicked Local Wellfleet A handful of Massachusetts elected officials on Tuesday slammed President Donald Trump's decision to end the program that protects children brought to America illegally by their parents from deportati…

Former DACA Recipient: 'We Can Thrive Given The Opportunity' » CBS Boston About 150 people gathered at Faneuil Hall on Wednesday for a rally hours after President Trump decided to end a program aimed at protecting young immigrants from deportation.…

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says she plans to join lawsuit defending DACA/'Dreamers' program » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Tuesday she plans to join her counterparts in other states in a lawsuit to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which President T…

'This is betrayal' » Boston.com Though only a fraction of the 800,000 national Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients live in Massachusetts, the state's top officials unequivocally condemned President Donald Trump's decis…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker wants DACA program to continue » Milford Daily News Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday said he hopes President Donald Trump will leave in place a federal program that allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children to work and go t…

Bay State officials blast Trump's DACA decision » Wicked Local Cambridge A handful of Massachusetts elected officials on Tuesday slammed President Donald Trump's decision to end the program that protects children brought to America illegally by their parents from deportati…

Hundreds gather in Northampton vigil protesting rescindment of DACA » The Daily Collegian In protest of the Trump administration's sudden rescindment of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and to stand in solidarity with the undocumented immigrants affected by the co…

Northampton activists protest Trump White House decision to end DACA » The Republican Northampton area activists held a rally Tuesday night to protest the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama era immigration policy t…

Trump's Decision To End DACA Leaves Thousands Of Mass. Young People In Limbo » WBUR The future for thousands of young people in Massachusetts is unclear after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Trump administration would end the program known as Deferred Action…

DACA decision has Island impact » Martha's Vineyard Times

Massachusetts Is Suing Over DACA, Maura Healey Says » Boston Magazine

Judiciary

Ex-Gov. Patrick off hook in Parole Board suit filed by Salem woman » The Salem News Ousted Parole Board member Pamela Lombardini can't prove that then-Gov. Deval Patrick knew his chief of staff would bring state troopers and a warning that "it will get ugly" when he asked for her res…

Hampden DA shows support for Gov. Baker's drug bill » WWLP 22 The Hampden District Attorney announced his support for Governor Baker's bill to strengthen drug prosecution laws.…

Local Government

Carver Housing Authority director resigns » Wicked Local Carver The Carver Housing Authority is moving on, following the resignation of long-time director Pamela Sequeira.…

Worcester expects $9M surplus, more than projected earlier » Worcester Telegram The city is looking at the prospects of carrying over into this fiscal year at least $9 million in surplus funds from the previous year.…

Framingham State makes $2.2M offer for Maynard Building » The Metro West Daily News Residents will once again weigh the fate of the Jonathan Maynard building and its owner, Danforth Art, at a Special Town Meeting this fall.…

Sanctuary campaigns launched in Salem » The Salem News The ballot question to decide the fate of the city's "Sanctuary for Peace" ordinance has finally been released, allowing supporters and opponents to launch their campaigns.…

Marijuana

Cannabis chair says he's 'confident' about timeline of state's marijuana rollout » Boston Business Journal

Marijuana commission chair outlines goals, initial steps » State House News Service

Regional effort to draft recreational marijuana guidelines on hold pending state regulations » The Republican

Pot board chief pushing to open weed shops by July » Boston Herald

Opinion

Editorial: Tax disclosure a 'joke' » Boston Herald State Sen. Michael J. Barrett (D-Lexington) is a lawyer by education and training and a lawmaker by profession. And so it is rather remarkable that he would sponsor legislation that possibly — …

It's not up to Obama to save DACA » Boston Globe Yes, Barack Obama denounced as “cruel” President Trump's decision — via Attorney General Jeff Sessions — to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, progr…

Editorial: Evolution of GCET has been bumpy, to say the least » The Recorder Who wouldn't want high-speed Wi-Fi internet connecting their homes for less than the going commercial rate? Even better if you could access wireless service virtually anywhere in Greenfield with your …

Battenfeld: Breaking rules backfires on prez this time around » Boston Herald President Trump doesn't need to pander to his “base” any more. They are with him anyway.…

Our view: Many tools needed to slow fentanyl's march » The Salem News It was just last week that state officials were sounding a hopeful note in the fight against opioid addiction. Opioid-related overdose deaths were down 5 percent in the first six months of 2017 when c…

GUEST COLUMN: Senior centers are lifelines for aging population » The Sun Chronicle The month of September is designated as National Senior Center Month and is set aside to raise awareness of the vital and essential role the programs and services senior centers provide in support of …

Massachusetts' leaders should go big on clean energy (Guest viewpoint) » The Republican

What's with Charlie Baker's transit hires? » Boston Globe

Politics

4 Democrats, 1 Republican will run for Berkshires House seat » The Republican A four-way Democratic primary is shaping up for the House seat in the Berkshires formerly held by the late Rep. Gailanne Cariddi.…

Contender shuffle continues in race to fill Niki Tsongas's seat » Boston Herald Ellen Murphy Meehan's decision not to seek U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas's open seat removed a major name from an already wide-open race, with two other would-be candidates signaling they're primed to jump i…

Ellen Murphy Meehan will not run for Tsongas congressional seat » Boston Globe The decision Tuesday by Ellen Murphy Meehan not to run for Congress has thrown open the race for the seat now held by Democrat Niki Tsongas — and could be a big break for Republicans.…

Fitchburg Councilor Dean Tran announces state Senate run » Sentinel & Enterprise City Councilor-at-large Dean Tran announced Tuesday that he is a Republican candidate for the state Senate seat recently vacated by Jennifer L. Flanagan so she can serve as the governor's appointee to…

Fiscal Alliance founder exploring run for open Congressional seat » State House News Service Pepperell Republican Rick Green, the founder of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, is now the second candidate to step into the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas.…

Murphy Meehan not running for Congress » Lowell Sun

Battles between progressives, biz shaping up as AG certifies ballot questions » State House News Service

Public Safety

Pitts Stop: Lawmaker Pushes For School Bus Cameras In Massachusetts » CBS Boston Getting children to and from school is Stephen Ingle's livelihood. His family's business has been busing kids along the South Shore since 1954, but he says it's becoming a more dangerous job.…

Wi-Fi sensitivity bill has Statehouse hearing » The Metro West Daily News Rep. Carolyn Dykema, D-Holliston, presented a bill on Wi-Fi sensitivity in schools at a joint hearing at the Statehouse Tuesday.…

Police Commissioner Evans: 'No Deliberate Attempt' To Block Media From Protesters » WGBH Police Commissioner Bill Evans responded to criticism that the Boston Police failed to protect the media's right to cover a “Free Speech Rally” on the Boston Common, saying there was  

Hampden DA Gulluni backs Gov. Baker's call for tougher sentences for dealers in fatal overdoses » The Republican Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni announced Tuesday that he supports Gov. Charlie Baker's call for harsher sentences for those responsible for dealing illegal narcotics that lead to fatal over…

State Government

Galvin backs tax disclosures for presidential ballot access » Boston Globe Secretary of State William F. Galvin, the state's top elections official, will throw his support behind an effort, inspired by President Trump's refusal to disclose his finances, to require presidenti…

Ballot question could force Trump to release taxes to be on Mass. ballot » Boston Globe

Transportation

MBTA says changes are coming after its signal system again strands riders » Boston Globe The severe delays that struck the Red Line Tuesday morning and stranded commuters for several hours exposed the subway system's aging signal system, an Achilles heel that the MBTA will spend hundreds …

Yawkey T stop could be renamed if street changes » Boston Herald The state Department of Transportation will “follow the lead” of the city and rename the Yawkey commuter rail station — as some lawmakers have advocated — if Boston officials…

Rehoboth's Wheeler Street Bridge reopens » The Sun Chronicle REHOBOTH — It's been seven years since the Wheeler Street Bridge collapsed after a torrential rainstorm and subsequent flooding. On Tuesday, the town held a grand opening ceremony for the newly…

New Bedford airport to get $6.6 million for runway update » South Coast Today The FAA has granted more than $6 million in funding to New Bedford Regional Airport in order to update runway 1432.…

All aboard the Red Line. May God have mercy on your souls » Boston Globe Good morning, and welcome back to the work week. We're experiencing moderate delays so I'll be your Red Line conductor for the foreseeable future. Next stop is Wollaston. Winter is coming.…

Massachusetts lands $50.5 million in federal funding to fix bridges in Boston, Raynham » The Republican

Utilities

Massachusetts utilities take divergent approaches to grid modernization » Utility Dive

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Recipe of the Week

Wild Mushroom Chowder

Yankee Magazine

Makes 8-10 Servings

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces pancetta or thick-cut bacon
  • 1 russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1 cup dry white wine (e.g., pinot grigio)
  • 1 1/2 pounds mixed wild mushrooms, cleaned and diced
  • 4 cups chicken or beef stock
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions

In a large Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until fat is rendered and bacon is barely cooked, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the potato, celery, onion, carrot, garlic, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper, and cook until vegetables are softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add white wine and use a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. When liquid is reduced by about half, add mushrooms and cook for 10 minutes. Add stock and continue cooking until mushrooms are fully tender, about 3 minutes more. Add cream and stir. Serve hot, garnished with a sprinkle of parsley. 



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