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11:00am Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day, Great Hall, State House

11:00am Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Public Hearing

12:00pm Health Policy Commission Meeting, 50 Milk Street, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, Public Hearing

1:00pm House Session, Full Formal Session

6:30pm Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Must-Reads

Bernie Sanders: Why We Need Medicare for All » New York Times In the wealthiest country on the planet, people shouldn't be deprived of health care simply because they can't afford it.…

There's Blood In The Water In Silicon Valley » BuzzFeed The blinding rise of Donald Trump over the past year has masked another major trend in American politics: the palpable, and perhaps permanent, turn against the tech industry. The new corporate leviath…

Brewers, distributors argue over new divorce terms » State House News Service Now that beer distributors have conceded that the statutory hold they maintain over brewers should be relaxed, the beer makers and distributors are at loggerheads over what defines a small brewer.…

Dental access expansion hinges on level of supervision » State House News Service Claiming momentum in a fierce policy battle, lawmakers who favor a legal expansion of the scope of dentistry work so that more patients can be served say they are gaining ground on Beacon Hill. …

Baker stepping up emissions strategy with focus on transportation » State House News Service The Baker administration plans to tackle the thorny issue of extracting additional emission reductions from the transportation sector, officials announced at a summit Tuesday where they marked the one…

Hillary's best Bernie bashing » Axios Hillary Clinton's book about the 2016 election, "What Happened," was published today. It's clear from interviews and excerpts that Clinton at least partially blames Bernie Sanders for her loss. …

Democrat Jay Gonzalez calls for probe into governor, charters » Boston Globe Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez on Tuesday called for an investigation into Governor Charlie Baker's ties to a pro-charter-school New York group that this week incurred the largest fin…

Clinton Still Believes She Didn't Lose the Election, It Was Taken From Her » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS Hillary Clinton's new book, What Happened, was released on September 12. Throughout the book she falsely characterizes her campaign's own issues, and expands on criticisms and blame toward Bernie Sand…

It's Starbard and O'Toole in Lynn's Ward 2; McGee bests Kennedy in mayoral preliminary » Lynn Daily News Item In the mayor's race, state Sen. Thomas M. McGee outdistanced incumbent Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy by a margin of 72 to 28 percent. McGee captured 4,219 votes to Kennedy's 1,632. They will have a re…

"In all of our years investigating data breaches, this may be the most brazen failure to protect consumer data we have ever seen," Healey said in a statement. "My office is acting as quickly as possible to hold Equifax accountable for the risks that millions of consumers now face."

Attorney General Maura Healey

Speaking about the Equifax data breach.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Moulton Raises $600,000 for Veteran Candidates He Endorsed » Roll Call Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton raised $600,000 for the Democratic candidates he endorsed in his attempt to recruit more veterans to run for Congress.…

Hillary Clinton admits to being wary of Liz Warren in '14 » Boston Herald Hillary Clinton revealed in her new book that she and Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren were “both a little wary” of each other when they met in December 2014 at her house in Washin…

Business

Dream big like Jeff Bezos, and you just might land Amazon » Boston Globe In the race to be home to Amazon's second North American headquarters, Boston is one of the cities to beat.…

Lawrence, Haverhill, North Andover will bid for Amazon HQ » Eagle Tribune Lawrence, Haverhill and North Andover will send a joint application to Amazon asking the online shopping and media behemoth to add them to its shopping cart as it searches for a hometown for a new hea…

Amazon denies Boston is a front-runner for HQ2 after report » Boston Business Journal Will Amazon.com Inc. wind up putting its second headquarters in the city of Boston?…

Bowing to civic pressure, Seaport developer plans for theaters » Boston Globe Bowing to pressure from City Hall and arts groups, the owner of the last big undeveloped swath of the Seaport has made significant changes to its plans for the booming business district — inclu…

One of the Boston Globe's top execs is out amid ongoing upheaval » Boston Business Journal Sean Keohan, chief operating officer of the Boston Globe since 2014, has left the company, sources have confirmed to the Business Journal.…

Amazon Weighs Boston in Search for Second Headquarters » Bloomberg Politics Several senior Amazon.com Inc. executives advocate putting a second headquarters in Boston, according to a person briefed on the matter.…

Tito Jackson says he's hesitant to embrace bid for second Amazon headquarters » Boston Herald Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson, a candidate for mayor, said he would not put in a bid for Amazon's second headquarters without a thorough analysis that shows a benefit for the city's residents. …

John Hancock names its first-ever female CEO » Boston Business Journal

After Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinds consumer protections, Massachusetts mulls more regulations for student loan industry » The Republican

Education

To comply with civil rights agreement, Easthampton superintendent names interim diversity officer » The Republican

Tufts cracks down on fraternities, sororities » Boston Globe Tufts University plans to crack down on Greek life organizations this year after allegations of hazing, sexual misconduct, and alcohol abuse roiled the campus last fall and sparked a months-long inves…

Language education committee to meet » South Coast Today A conference committee will meet Friday to begin House-Senate negotiations over legislation to reshape how non-native English speakers are educated in public schools.…

Charlie Baker's plan allows for long school days, firing » Boston Herald The Baker administration is proposing a new model of charter-like public schools that could fire and hire teachers regardless of seniority, extend the school day and make other end-runs around union c…

Pro-Charter School Group Pays State $425,000 For Failing To ID Donors » WBUR A New York-based group that backed last year's charter school ballot question has paid more than $425,000 to Massachusetts as part of a campaign finance settlement announced Monday. …

Environment

Scores of bird species could disappear due to climate change, study finds » Boston Globe Not even the state bird appears to be safe from climate change.…

Quiet weather spell leaves MEMA chief antsy » The Metro West Daily News Two-and-a-half years have elapsed since the winter of 2015 when over 100 inches of snow fell - including 65 inches in February alone - turning Boston and the region into a ice-packed disaster zone.…

Health Care

Efforts growing to expand access to dental care in Massachusetts through new mid-level practitioner » The Republican Efforts are growing to pass a bill this legislative session that would create a new class of mid-level dental practitioners in Massachusetts.…

Restoration center suggested for treating mentally ill in Mass. » Worcester Telegram Looking for an exit from the “revolving door” of people with mental health disorders going back and forth from emergency rooms to the streets or jail, advocates on Tuesday asked lawmakers …

Nurses press for limit on patient ratios » Gloucester Times Nurses at many Massachusetts hospitals are overworked and understaffed, which is impacting the quality of treatment, say union leaders who are advocating limits on how many patients nurses are assigne…

Officials: Mass. nursing homes facing crisis » Lowell Sun Nursing home administrators and staff sounded the alarm on Monday, telling lawmakers their industry is underfunded and needs help. …

Lawmakers file bills to expand access to dental care » WWLP 22 Dozens of health care advocates gathered together in support of oral health legislation before the state's Public Health Committee at the State House on Wednesday.…

Massachusetts slows growth in health care spending » The Republican

Massachusetts legislature set to review physician-assisted suicide » The Daily Free Press

Immigration

Tufts students protest DACA elimination » The Tufts Daily More than 60 Tufts students protested yesterday against the current presidential administration's cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, gathering at the lower pati…

Insurance

Mass. has lowest percentage of uninsured residents in country » Boston Globe The percentage of Massachusetts residents without health insurance fell again last year, to a new low of 2.5 percent, the US Census Bureau said Tuesday.…

Judiciary

Lawmakers hear impassioned pleas to revisit victim compensation law » State House News Service Mothers who lost sons to violence and were denied state assistance to bury their children pleaded with the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to change the state's victim compensation statute so other fam…

Is It Addiction Treatment Or Prison? A Look Inside A State Center For Involuntary Commitments » WBUR Enter the former Massachusetts minimum security prison in Plymouth and you might think it's still a prison. Men arrive in handcuffs, they wear orange jumpsuits, and they're monitored by correction off…

Labor

In what state do women earn the most money? Massachusetts » The Republican

Legislative

Holyoke State Rep. Aaron Vega receives Legislator of the Year Award » WWLP 22 The nonprofit organization Youth Villages Massachusetts named Holyoke State Representative Aaron Vega as their Legislator of the Year.…

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Week Ending Sept. 8, 2017 » The Recorder There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call looks at the handful of major legislation that was approved by the Legislature and signed into law so far by …

Local Government

Four-year term for New Bedford mayor reaches November ballot » South Coast Today After collecting 2,971 certified signatures — nearly 500 more than what was required — the Election Commission approved the ballot question regarding a four-year mayoral term.…

Western Massachusetts town plans 18-hole municipal disc golf course » The Republican Selectmen at Monday's meeting unanimously endorsed plans for a disc golf course on public land.…

Judge hears arguments over siting rights for Lowell High » Lowell Sun Attorneys for the Lowell School Committee and City Council on Tuesday both asked a superior court judge to issue a final ruling on who has the authority to approve the location of a new high school.…

Mashpee board votes to limit public documents » Cape Cod Times The selectmen on Monday voted to reduce the amount of information about town government activities that is readily available online.…

Marijuana

Recreational pot sales facing Holyoke Council regulations » The Republican The retailing of marijuana for recreational use and how to regulate that will be the topics today at 6:30 p.m. of a City Council committee meeting at City Hall.…

Massachusetts pot regulators meet publicly for 1st time » The News and Observer With no staff or permanent office space and only a limited budget, the newly appointed board that will regulate marijuana in Massachusetts met publicly for the first time Tuesday, more than 10 months …

Opinion

LETTER: Trump, media covering up nuclear plant safety issues » Wicked Local Georgetown Albert Einstein said, ” To The Village Square We Must Take The Facts Of Atomic Energy, From There Must Come America's Voice” The Journalist's Creed says in part, “I believe that …

Editorial: Forcing presidential candidates to release tax returns deserves support » Gazette Net The efforts in Massachusetts that would deny ballot access to presidential candidates who do not release their tax returns deserve support.…

Our Opinion: Fire brings home affordable housing need in Pittsfield » Berkshire Eagle As fire investigators continue to sift through the wreckage following Sunday's fire that ripped through the White Terrace apartment complex off North Street in Pittsfield, and as the 24 displaced resi…

Clive McFarlane: Charter school promoters seek to mine gold in state education » Worcester Telegram On Monday, the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance announced that one of the biggest financial backers of a 2016 ballot question to raise the cap on charter schools - Families for E…

Despite promises, Trump dithers on opioid crisis » Boston Globe President Trump needs more urgency in this emergency.…

Bribes — er, incentives — for Amazon » Boston Globe When Amazon last week announced plans to build a $5 billion second headquarters in North America, officials from sea to shining sea immediately began to clamor for the privilege of hosting the new fac…

Equifax messed up. Now consumers have to pay? » Boston Globe In the face of mounting public outrage, Equifax stopped levying fees Monday on the consumers scrambling to lock down their credit files. …

Upset by officials' response to DACA repeal » The Salem News I am writing in response to the statements made by some of our elected officials here in the commonwealth. …

EDITORIAL: State must boost nursing-home aid » Lowell Sun What's it going to take for the Legislature to make amends for its continued underfunding of the state's nursing homes? …

Carr: Mitt Romney won't fade away quietly » Boston Herald The bad news is, it looks like Willard M. Romney is running for political office again.…

Goodbye Darkness My Old Friend: The $425K Pro-Charter Fine And Why It's Transformative » WGBH News Yesterday the Office of Campaign and Political Finance exposed Families for Excellent Schools not as the education reform group of its own masquerade, but as a dark money front designed to hide millio…

Politics

Republican Sossa-Paquette to challenge McGovern for 2nd District seat in Congress » Worcester Telegram If national political machinations have revealed anything over the past year or so, it's that voting habits and ideological loyalties seem less and less beholden to conventional wisdom.…

Foxboro Democrat leading dash for campaign cash » The Sun Chronicle Democrat Paul Feeney led the way in gathering campaign donations over the past two months in a special election to fill a vacant state Senate seat. Feeney, a Foxboro electrical worker and former selec…

Senate candidate Diehl to address Lawrence Republicans » Eagle Tribune State Rep. Geoff Diehl, one of several Republicans competing for the right to run against U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the November 2018 election, will be campaigning in Lawrence Tuesday evening. Die…

Setti Warren accepts academic gig » Wicked Local Newton In January 2018, as the city's next mayor takes over the second-floor corner office in City Hall, Warren will begin a post as a visiting fellow at Mount Ida College in Newton. Warren is running for go…

Diehl pledges his volunteers to help with sales tax cut push » Patriot Ledger Republican Senate candidate Geoff Diehl on Tuesday tied his campaign to a potential ballot initiative to lower the state's sales tax to 5 percent, offering up his own volunteers to help gather signatu…

Top state officials join bipartisan fight against election hacking » Politico Two months after the campaign managers for Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney helped launch an effort to help campaigns prevent future cyber attacks, four secretaries of state have signed on to work on t…

Organizers of Boston 'free speech' rally are planning another one » Boston Globe The organizers of last month's controversial free speech rally on Boston Common that set off a national media storm and prompted 40,000 counterprotesters are gearing up for another demonstration this …

Fuller, Lennon top the field, to square off for Newton mayor in November » Wicked Local Newton City Councilors Ruthanne Fuller and Scott Lennon will be moving on to the general election after gaining the most votes in the mayoral preliminary election Tuesday.…

Steve Kerrigan considering a run for Niki Tsongas' congressional seat » The Republican

Massachusetts shouldn't go 'the way of Connecticut' on so-called millionaires tax in 2018, Steve Forbes says ahead of Springfield Public Forum » The Republican

Sen. L'Italien ready to run for Congressional seat » State House News Service

Public Health

Gov. Baker On 'Encouraging Signs' And Challenges Confronting Opioid Crisis » The Associated Press (AP) It's been well over a year since Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a landmark law to fight the opioid epidemic here in Massachusetts. …

Public Safety

New England air reservists head to Florida for hurricane relief » Boston Globe Fifty Westover Air Base reservists from across New England deployed to Florida this week, joining a massive effort to help the hurricane-ravaged state.…

Boston police body camera pilot comes to an end » Boston Globe A year after it launched, a body camera pilot program for the Boston Police Department ended on Tuesday, police said in a statement.…

State Finance

House readies $275 million in budget veto overrides » State House News Service

State Government

AG Maura Healey to sue credit reporting firm Equifax » Boston Herald Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has filed notice of her intent to sue the credit reporting company Equifax after the company announced 143 million Americans…

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey plans to sue Equifax, calls data breach a 'brazen failure' » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says she plans to sue Equifax after a data breach at the company affected up to nearly 3 million state residents.…

Taxation

Senate passes legislation providing tax breaks » Wicked Local Cambridge The Massachusetts Senate recently passed legislation, S.2124, which provides property tax breaks for low-income seniors, veterans and the disabled. …

Transportation

Danvers Crossing considered again as site for new RMV » Wicked Local Danvers Danvers Crossing shopping plaza could once again be a potential home for a new RMV location. Locations in Peabody, Beverly and Wakefield have also submitted bids to the state, according to the Divisio…

MBTA's new chief tried to take the train on his first day on the job and the fare machines weren't working » The Republican When the MBTA's new CEO Luis Manuel Ramirez tried to get on the Green Line this morning to start his first day on the job, he immediately encountered a problem familiar to the transit system's daily r…

New General Manager Takes Over At The MBTA » WBUR As Luis Ramirez went to get on the Green Line at Hynes Convention Center Tuesday, to report for his first day as the MBTA's new general manager, he was greeted with what can only be described as a typ…

Utilities

Activist posts billboard warning about Seabrook nuclear plant » Wicked Local Ipswich Rowley activist and presidential candidate and nuclear safety activist Steve Comley Sr. has spent decades challenging the Seabrook, N.H., nuclear power plant about safety concerns, and now he has uppe…

Medford residents hope to pass state bill requiring utility companies to pay for gas leaks » Medford Patch Utility companies reported 256 unrepaired gas leaks in Medford as of Dec. 31, 2016 and tens of thousands more across the state. For some Medford residents, those numbers are unacceptable. That's why m…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

The new Massachusetts Cannabis Commission meets for the first time today » The Republican

Senate candidate Geoff Diehl pledges to help ballot campaign to lower Massachusetts sales tax » The Republican

Shortfall forcing state to cut transportation spending » Gloucester Times

Funding gap looms as early issue for marijuana commission » State House News Service

Restoration center could halt "revolving door" facing mentally ill » State House News Service

Developer: Flight paths mean tower will be shorter » Boston Herald

Is gambling a good way to raise revenue? (Letters) » The Republican

Shrewsbury Republican hopes to take life experiences to Congress » State House News Service

Opponents steadfast in criticism of high stakes student tests » State House News Service

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Recipe of the Week

Grilled Chicken Wings with Cider Barbecue Sauce

Boston Magazine: Chef Matt Jennings

Makes 6 Servings

Ingredients

2½ cups fresh orange juice

1 cup pineapple juice

¾ cup fresh lime juice

½ cup rice vinegar

½ cup plus 2 tablespoons

kosher salt

8 garlic cloves, smashed

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons shoyu (white soy sauce)

2 sprigs oregano

2 sprigs thyme

1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

2 lemons, halved

1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground

5½ pounds chicken wings, wing tips removed

1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish

Cider-Molasses Barbecue Sauce (recipe follows), for serving

Directions

In a large pot, combine the orange juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, vinegar, ½ cup of the salt, the smashed garlic, brown sugar, shoyu, oregano, thyme, peppercorns, lemon halves, cumin, and 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Pour the marinade into a gallon-size zip-top plastic bag or large bowl. Add the chicken wings to the cooled marinade, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for direct, medium-high-heat grilling. Line a rimmed baking sheet with paper towels.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons salt, the ground black pepper, and the cayenne. Remove the chicken wings from the marinade and lay them on the paper towel–lined pan; blot them dry with more paper towels. Sprinkle the wings with the salt mixture on all sides and grill, turning often, until charred and cooked through, about 20 minutes.

Transfer the chicken wings to a serving platter and sprinkle with the cilantro. Serve with the barbecue sauce alongside.

 

Cider-Molasses Barbecue Sauce

Makes about 4 cups

3 tablespoons canola oil

1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons ancho chile powder

1½ pounds plum tomatoes, halved, seeded, and chopped

½ cup tomato paste

2 cups apple cider

1 cup chicken stock, plus more as needed

½ cup red wine vinegar

½ cup packed dark brown sugar

3 tablespoons blackstrap molasses

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a large saucepan, heat the canola oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and cook, stirring, until lightly caramelized, about 15 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons water to the pan and use a wooden spoon to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. When the water has cooked off, add the garlic and chile powder and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes more, then add the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste, reduce the heat to low, and cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes more.

Add the cider, stock, vinegar, brown sugar, and molasses. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened and has the texture of ketchup, about 30 minutes.

Working in batches, carefully transfer the sauce to a blender and puree until smooth (alternatively, you can blend the sauce directly in the pot using an immersion blender). If the sauce is too thick, thin it with an extra splash of stock; if it’s too thin, return it to the pot and cook over low heat until it reaches the desired consistency.

Season the sauce with salt and pepper and strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean bowl, pushing the sauce through the strainer with a rubber spatula.

The sauce can be used immediately or transferred to a lidded jar and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Warm the sauce over low heat before using it on the wings or brushing it onto grilled chicken or pork chops.



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