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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Personal Finance Day on the Hill, Grand Staircase, State House

9:00am Mass. Public Health Council Meeting, 250 Washington Street, Boston

10:00am Nathaniel Allen House Exhibit Reception, State Library, Room 341, State House

10:00am Cannabis Control Commission Listening Session, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

2:00pm October as SADV Month, Grand Staircase, State House

2:00pm Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, Public Hearing

5:00pm Reception for Malden City Councilor David D'Arcangelo with Governor Charlie Baker

5:30pm Ellen Story Commission on Postpartum Depression Meeting, State House, Room 428, Boston

6:00pm Fundraiser for Lowell City Council Candidate Dan Finn

7:00pm Beverly At-Large Candidates Night, Historic Beverly, 117 Cabot Street, Beverly

Must-Reads

House readies $123m spending bill to close books on FY17 » State House News Service House Democratic leaders have prepared a $123.2 million spending bill that would close the books on the tumultuous budget year that ended July 1, enabling the state to pay some of its outstanding bill…

Pay disparities fueling "brewing crisis" in human services sector » State House News Service Fourteen months after the signing of a law calling for equal pay across gender lines, representatives from human services agencies asked legislators for help closing a different sort of pay gap. …

Baker concerned with "a lot of elements" in Brownsberger bill » State House News Service A proposal by senators to create new exemptions from the statutory rape law for adolescents close in age is one of "a lot of elements" of the criminal justice reform bill that Gov. Charlie Baker said …

Donoghue seeking re-election, Lowell senator won't run for Congress » State House News Service .Sen. Eileen Donoghue intends to seek re-election in 2018, passing on an opportunity to run for the Congressional seat that narrowly eluded her a decade ago, she told the News Service Tuesday afternoo…

Mike Ditka Just Showed Why the NFL's National Anthem Protests Are Necessary » Esquire Mike Ditka is a Hall of Fame football player and coach who made a damn good cameo in Will Ferrell's Kicking and Screaming. He is also the latest standard-bearer for the growing number of Americans com…

Voters 'aren't buying' Gobi's argument for sanctuary state, group says » Worcester Telegram The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance said it has polling data that suggests state Sen. Anne M. Gobi's support for the proposed Safe Communities Act “is deeply unpopular with voters,” but the …

“I have some concerns about that but I have some concerns about a lot of elements about that legislation,” Baker said. “And I have a very positive sense about other parts of it.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the criminal justice reform bill written by Senator Brownsberger.

News By Category
Business

Entercom, CBS look to unload Boston radio stations as part of merger » Boston Globe Entercom Communications Corp. and CBS Corp. are looking to unload a handful of big-name Boston radio stations as part of an ongoing merger.…

Proposed Seaport theaters raise hopes, and questions » Boston Globe Members of the city's arts community have long dreamed that a performing arts center would one day rise in the Seaport District, a grand house for theater, dance, and music. …

New Bedford, Fall River Amazon bids among up to 20 that may come from Mass. » South Coast Today Unlike the state partnership with the city of Boston that helped lure General Electric to the capital city, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday it would be a “mistake” for his administration t…

Cleaning product company to pay Mass. $1.9 million to settle overbilling allegations » Boston Globe A New Jersey company will pay $1.9 million to settle allegations that it overbilled state authorities for cleaning supplies, the Massachusetts attorney general announced Tuesday.…

California Leads Push to Lower Drug Prices » Governing The state passed the nation's most comprehensive law to make drug prices more transparent on Monday. It has also inspired other states to take on the pharmaceutical companies in November. …

Offering just one site in Massachusetts for Amazon's second headquarters would be 'huge mistake,' Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican Massachusetts would be making a mistake if it just proposes one site for Amazon as the online behemoth looks for someplace to put its second headquarters, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday.…

'We've Built A Hub': Annual HUBWeek Fest Has First Site On Boston's City Hall Plaza » WBUR The project of Linda Henry, the managing director and co-owner with husband John Henry of the Boston Globe, is in its third year.…

Best pitch to Amazon is menu of Mass. options, Gov. Baker says » Taunton Gazette Unlike the state partnership with the city of Boston that helped lure General Electric to the capital city, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday it would be a “mistake” for his administration t…

Baker supporting statewide Amazon bid rather than individual city » Worcester Business Journal

The Amazon Effect: How taxpayers are funding the disruption of the U.S. economy » Boston Business Journal

Constitutional

Sound Off » Eagle Tribune A Sound Off writer supporting NFL players' First Amendment rights implies that President Trump does not understand the law. I think the writer doesn't understand the law. Those in the NFL are free to …

Crimes

Records show suspect charged in $7G MBTA theft has long rap sheet » Boston Herald One of the MBTA subcontractors charged with trying to steal at least $7,000 in parts from the agency has a lengthy history of larceny accusations, including an open shoplifting case, raising questions…

Education

Scholars from MIT, Harvard receive MacArthur grants » Boston Globe After MIT professor Regina Barzilay survived breast cancer, she started using her computer science background to help prevent, diagnose, and treat the disease.…

Economy, colleges and students will benefit from expanding in-state tuition » Eagle Tribune The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education has estimated that by 2020 over 70 percent of the jobs in the state will require some form of college education; yet we are currently on a path to be n…

Nine Massachusetts colleges to boost substance abuse training » Berkshire Eagle Students at the nine social work schools in Massachusetts will learn about preventing and treating substance misuse under an agreement worked out by the Baker administration.…

Personal finance seen as big gap in Mass. education landscape » Lowell Sun

Environment

Gov. Baker Issues Support for Chatham in Monomoy Dispute » Cape Cod Online The Town of Chatham recently received the support of Governor Charlie Baker in its effort to regain control of about 4,000 acres of submerged lands and waters taken last year by the U.S. Fish and Wild…

Little opposition to Ashland plastic bag ban » The Metro West Daily News The proposed plastic bag ban saw little opposition at a quiet public forum Tuesday night.…

Massachusetts committed to Obama-era climate change plan » WCVB Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says his administration is committed to an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.…

Gaming

Legalisation of online lottery sales a possibility in Massachusetts » Casinopedia After neighbouring state New Hampshire passed legislature approving online lottery ticket sales in the state, lawmakers in the Bay State of Massachusetts are reported to be considering following suit.…

Massachusetts mulls legalising online lottery sales » Gambling Insider Massachusetts is now considering the legalisation of online lottery to prevent the migration of sales to the neighbouring state of New Hampshire, which approved the sale of online lottery earlier this…

Massachusetts Lottery Could Become Sixth State Lotto to Go Online » Casino.org The Massachusetts Lottery is worried that neighboring New Hampshire's legalization of online keno will hamper sales, and that's why numerous state senate candidates are backing efforts to also enact i…

Massachusetts Considering Taking its Lottery Online » OnlinePoker.net

Health Care

AG: Sturbridge woman charged with $2.7 million in Medicaid fraud » Worcester Telegram

A drug with the startling power to mute defective genes raises hopes for a new class of therapies — but hurdles abound » STAT News The experimental drug has startling powers: It can turn down a mutant gene in a patient's body, stopping the production of proteins that cause a terribly painful rare disease.…

State to delay higher health premium announcement » WWLP 22 Tens of thousands of Massachusetts consumers will have to wait a little longer to learn how high their health insurance premiums will rise.…

Gov. Baker awards grants to UMass researchers for 'smart band-aids' » Amherst Wire Gov. Charlie Baker awarded University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers a $500,000 grant last week to fuel the development of “smart band-aids.”…

UMass Medical launching rare disease institute with $10M gift from Chinese businessman » Boston Business Journal The University of Massachusetts Medical School is forming a new institute to study rare diseases, thanks to a $10 million gift from the Li Weibo Charitable Foundation in China.…

Human Services

Local nonprofit funding restored » Wicked Local Malden Rep. Steve Ultrino, D-Malden, recently joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to continue to override Gov. Charlie Baker's vetoes of services in the fiscal year 2018 budge…

Judiciary

At Harvard Law, a look at algorithms and the justice system » Boston Globe Should sophisticated computer models help judges predict which defendants are safe enough to release before trial? Or should judges rely on their own wisdom, discretion, and experience to make those d…

Governor Baker Says He Has 'Concerns' Over Senate Criminal Justice Bill, Including Statutory Rape Reform » New Boston Post Governor Charlie Baker signaled on Tuesday his opposition to “elements” of a criminal justice reform bill touted by Massachusetts Senate members, including a potential revision of statutor…

Santa, Pino nominated for Parole Board, district court » State House News Service

Supreme Court Appears Divided in Partisan Gerrymandering Case » Governing

Labor

Taunton and Raynham employers receive grants to hire more workers » Taunton Gazette

Legislative

Baker highlights DiMasi's role in health care law » State House News Service A North End community organization honored convicted former House Speaker Sal DiMasi with a public service award last week and Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday saluted DiMasi's role in passing landmark s…

Local Government

Pine Manor accuses Brookline officials of breaking the law » Boston Globe Pine Manor College has accused Brookline elected officials of breaking the law when they formulated a proposal to seize land from the college in secret, according to a set of complaints the school fil…

Framingham Rep Pushes Bill to Protect Immigrants » Boston University News Service Rep. Chris Walsh, D-Framingham, supports the Safe Communities Act as an important step in advocating for Framingham's “extraordinarily valuable” immigrant communities. “We have many …

Rosenberg, Mark to update Leyden Democrats at fall event » The Recorder The Leyden Democratic Committee will be hosting a fall event for local Democrats on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at Town Hall.…

Wrentham granted more liquor licenses as governor signs bill » The town has been granted a number of additional liquor licenses by the governor.…

Peabody invited to apply for TDI assistance » Salem News The state is taking nominations from gateway cities – including Peabody – interested in customized assistance, including real estate services, aimed at encouraging economic development a…

Marijuana

Cannabis Control Commission lends an ear to Islanders » Martha's Vineyard Times As expected, a full house was on hand at the West Tisbury library on Tuesday morning to take part in an hour-long “listening session,” presented by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commi…

Special town meeting voters take up marijuana question — again » Cape Cod Times At an election in May, Dennis voters approved a ban on recreational marijuana facilities in town, but next week, voters will face the issue again at special town meeting.…

Burlington Town Meeting members vote to ban recreational marijuana facilities » Wicked Local Burlington Burlington re-enforced its stand against recreational marijuana last week when Town Meeting voted to ban shops selling - and facilities growing - marijuana for sale by amending two town bylaws.…

Chelmsford Forum, ban on recreational marijuana facilities highlight TM warrant » Wicked Local Chelmsford The future of the Chelmsford Forum, measures to ban recreational marijuana facilities in town, and a plan for Roberts Field's Friendship Park are among the many key decisions awaiting representatives …

Worcester City Council wants pot retailers spread out across the city » Worcester Telegram With the opening of as many as 15 recreational marijuana stores on the horizon next year, the City Council wants to make sure they do not end up concentrated in just a few parts of the city.…

Legal pot opponents urge cannabis commission to 'protect the people' » Taunton Gazette

Opinion

If you can pay for aspirin, you can pay for birth control » Boston Globe It has been 52 years since the Supreme Court ruled, in Griswold v. Connecticut, that government may not ban anyone from using contraceptives. The freedom to use birth control is protected by the Const…

Harvey Weinstein is not an aberration » Boston Globe Yes, it's great that famed producer Harvey Weinstein was outed in a New York Times investigation after decades of alleged inappropriate behavior against women and payouts to silence his accusers.…

Troubling truths about Trump » Boston Globe You can't make this stuff up. And you can't make it seem normal.…

The Beacon Hill Compromise on Contraception - Only in Massachusetts » New Boston Post

Politics

Democracy isn't working in Massachusetts » Commonwealth Magazine

'They expect to see the mayor.' The hectic days of Walsh and Menino » Boston Globe During his two-decade reign as mayor, Thomas M. Menino was known for his willingness — eagerness, even — to pop up at the most prosaic of public events.…

Barrett takes 1st Berkshire District Democratic primary » Berkshire Eagle John Barrett III is one step closer to returning to political office, but this one is on Beacon Hill. With a hefty lead late Tuesday evening, Barrett appeared to be the Democratic Party's choice to s…

Attleboro City Council candidate says he too was arrested once » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — In the wake of state Rep. Paul Heroux revealing he was once arrested, a candidate for city council has come forward to say he too had a brush with the law.…

Matias banks on her message in run for Congress » Eagle Tribune Juana Matias was dismissed as an overreaching 20-something who needed to wait her turn last year, when she challenged a man who had been a fixture in city politics since 1991. Marcos Devers had been a…

Haverhill voters go to polls today in state rep primary for Dempsey seat; voter turnout light so far » Eagle Tribune Voters have been trickling into polling places across the city since 14 precincts opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday, and that trend is expected to continue until polls close at 8 p.m.…

GOP-backed group hammers Democrats over pay raises » Eagle Tribune A tax-exempt group backed by Republicans is taking aim at Democratic lawmakers with a series of blistering mailers that criticize a controversial vote earlier this year to give themselves a pay raise.…

Amherst Commons becomes a hot-bed for political discussion » The Daily Collegian On Saturday, high schoolers met at the Amherst Commons with politically active organizations such as Indivisible NOHO, Climate Action Now, Youth Action March, Raise Up and Our Revolution.…

Nadeem Mazen sees himself as Donald Trump's 'worst nightmare' in run for Congress » Boston Herald Nadeem Mazen, a Cambridge City Councilor who is running for Congress in Massachusetts' third district, claimed he would be Donald Trump's worst nightmare in Congress, a title he welcomed after another…

Top Democrat declines to run for Tsongas seat in Lowell » Boston Globe State Senator Eileen Donoghue, a Lowell Democrat who was considered by political insiders to be the front-runner to replace retiring US Representative Niki Tsongas, said Tuesday she will not seek the …

Fitchburg State student who organized 'Boston Free Speech Rally' in August plans 'Rally for the Republic' next month » Lowell Sun The Fitchburg State University student who helped organize the "Boston Free Speech Rally" on Boston Common in August said Tuesday that a "Rally for the Republic" is planned for next month at the same …

Sen. Donoghue will not run for Congress » Lowell Sun State Sen. Eileen Donoghue, eyed as one of the top candidates to replace Rep. Niki Tsongas in 2018, will not run for the 3rd Congressional District seat and will instead seek re-election next year, sh…

Right-wing group plans another rally for Common » Boston Herald The right-wing group that staged a “free speech” rally for Boston Common in August said it is co-sponsoring another one in November.…

Vargas wins Democratic primary for 3rd Essex District » Eagle Tribune Democrats living in the 3rd Essex District have chosen their man for State Representative. And for the first time since 1990, his name will not be Brian Dempsey.…

Fake News Tweets Targeted Swing States During 2016 Election » Governing

Democrats Have Reasons to Worry About the November Elections » Governing

Barrett Takes Special Democratic Primary For State Rep. Seat » New England Public Radio

Public Health

State seeks to reassure adult day health centers » Boston Globe MassHealth, which covers the state's poor and elderly residents, proposed new rules several weeks ago in an effort to tighten oversight and ensure “program integrity.” But the proposal cau…

Mass. To Ensure Social Workers Set To Fight Opioids » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker has unveiled what he's calling a "first-in-the-nation set of educational core principles" for social workers on the front lines of the battle against opioid abuse, which has claimed…

Public Safety

Trump, Sessions exaggerate gang threat to justify crackdown » Boston Globe To hear President Trump and his attorney general explain it, the epidemic of urban street violence in the United States stems from highly organized gangs of immigrants.…

Proposed Illinois, Massachusetts bump stock law also includes weapon bans » Guns.com Bills filed in two states after the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas go after bump fire stocks but also target other guns and their magazines.…

Boston 25 News » My Fox Boston BOSTON - Thousands of students in Massachusetts take school buses every day, but just how safe are they??…

"Nanny state" label still looms over seat belt bill, chair says » Sentinel & Enterprise Police officers and transportation safety experts called on lawmakers to finally throw their support behind a long-stalled bill that would allow police officers to stop drivers for not wearing a seat …

Attorney General Healey to receive Peace MVP Award at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley » The Swellesley Report The Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence will present its 3rd Annual Peace MVP Award on Thursday, November 2 at 7pm to Attorney General Maura Healey at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. …

BPD cop on paid leave focus of 'criminal' probe » Boston Herald A Hub cop who is the focus of a “criminal investigation” led by Attorney General Maura Healey's office has been on administrative leave for two months, police said.…

Massachusetts House to vote today on bill to ban bump stocks » Boston Herald

State legislators hears bills against police militarization » The Daily Free Press

State Government

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP: Eyes look to Washington » Wicked Local Boxford When everything else seems to be in limbo, sometimes there's no easier reprieve for lawmakers from the malaise on Beacon Hill than to open up the newspaper and find something to react to. The slow bur…

Transportation

Rep. Silvia pushes for mandatory seat belt use in Mass. » Taunton Gazette Police officers and transportation safety experts called on lawmakers to finally throw their support behind a long-stalled bill that would allow police officers to stop drivers for not wearing a seat …

Three county towns get state aid for roads, bridges » The Recorder Three Franklin County towns are among 10 rural communities in Massachusetts have been awarded state grants for roadway improvements.…

Working group looking into the feasibility of Berkshires-New York rail service » WWLP 22 The state is considering setting up a passenger rail line from the Berkshires to New York City. But it's still in the early stages as a group studies if it's possible.…

Massachusetts Is Going to Eliminate Most Rotaries » Boston Magazine The lane lines are coming, and with them, the end of the rotary as we know it. …

Shadow transit agency » Commonwealth Magazine LOOKING AT THESE THREE GUYS, you wonder what they have in common. Marc Ebuña is a 30-year-old information technology worker who dresses fashionably, lives in Jamaica Plain, and sports a Fitbit.…

New Orange Line Trains Rolling, Scheduled For Delivery To Springfield » WGBH The MBTA's new Orange Line cars are rolling on the tracks — in China. Six of the new cars navigated a test track at the Changchun, China facility of rail giant CRRC.…

Utilities

Eversource, Avangrid artificially constrained gas pipeline capacity for years, report argues » Utility Dive

Satellite customers feel the broadcast disconnect, too » Berkshire Eagle Diane Duquette lives in the Berkshire County town of Washington, one municipality away from Hampshire County, where people can tune in to New England Patriots games on television. …

NARUC president appoints Massachusetts Commissioner O'Connor to board of directors » Daily Energy Insider National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) President John Betkoski III recently appointed Commissioner Angela M. O'Connor of Massachusetts to the NARUC Board of Directors.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Baker announces $7M for manufacturing projects » Worcester Business Journal

Mass. officials worry Children's Health Insurance Program funds at risk » Berkshire Eagle

Healey will sue to keep carbon limits » Boston Herald

Trump's plan to rescind climate policies would take years to affect New England » Boston Globe

Senate signs off on 20 liquor licenses for Peabody » Salem News

Meetings, presser signal heightened justice reform push » State House News Service

Governor Baker Announces Addiction Training Principles for Social Workers » Boston Magazine

Fishing Partnership honors Governor, Massport CEO » Wicked Local Marion

MBTA contractors arrested, accused of stealing copper from warehouse » The Republican

"Nanny state" label still looms over seat belt bill, chair says » State House News Service

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Recipe of the Week

Lobster Pie

Yankee Magazine

Makes 4-6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup crushed Ritz-style (butter) crackers
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350° and set a rack to the middle position. Make the topping: In a small bowl, stir together the butter, crackers, paprika, and cheese. Set aside. 

For the Filling:

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons plus 5 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) chopped cooked lobster meat
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 4 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • Garnish: minced chives

Instructions

Next, make the filling: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Add the sherry and boil 1 minute. Add the lobster, stir, and remove from the heat. Strain the juices from the skillet into a liquid measuring cup (reserving the lobster). Set aside.

In a 3- to 4-quart sauce-pan over medium-low heat, melt the remaining 5 tablespoons of butter. Add the flour and cook, stirring, until the mixture looks smooth and glossy. Stir the half-and-half into the reserved lobster/sherry mixture; then whisk that into the butter/flour mixture. Increase the heat to medium-high and simmer, stirring continuously, until the sauce thickens, about 3 minutes.

Spoon ½ cup of the sauce into a small bowl. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add this mixture back to the sauce and stir over low heat until the sauce is smooth and thick, 3 minutes; don’t let it boil.

Remove from the heat and add the lobster. Pour the mixture into a medium-size casserole dish and sprinkle with the topping. Transfer to the oven and bake until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.

Serve hot, garnished with minced chives. 


Press Releases

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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