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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Massachusetts Credit Union Day, Great Hall, State House

10:00am Joint Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures & State Assets, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

10:30am Special Commission on the Commonwealth's Time Zone, Room 222, State House

11:00am Neighbor to Neighbor Lobby Day, Grand Staircase, State House

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Delta Day at the State House, Nurses Hall, State House

5:30pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Rep. Matt Muratore with Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

7:00pm Forum: Securing Borders and Ending Illegal Immigration with U.S. Senate Candidate Geoff Diehl, Groton Country Club, 94 Lovers Lane, Groton

Must-Reads

Lawmakers again squeeze comptroller by delaying final budget » State House News Service State Comptroller Thomas Shack last year warned that perennial late action on close-out state budgets represents "a troubling pattern and puts the accuracy and integrity of the Commonwealth's accounti…

Industry coalition pitching year-round thoroughbred track » State House News Service The company that runs Suffolk Downs and groups of horsemen and breeders have banded together to clear the way for a new Thoroughbred horse racing facility in Massachusetts.…

House pressured from inside and outside State House on criminal justice » State House News Service The eyes of advocacy groups and the governor have fallen onto the House of Representatives as it pencils in its plan to debate a criminal justice bill in mid-November. …

House, Senate extend fiscal 2017 mini-budget talks into November » State House News Service The hopes of House and Senate lawmakers to complete a budget deal before Nov. 1 faded quickly on Tuesday afternoon as negotiations, initially stymied over a procedural dispute, have bogged down over a…

The real John Kelly slowly revealing himself at White House » AP News WASHINGTON (AP) — In his three months on the job, John Kelly has been credited with bringing order to a chaotic West Wing, but don't call him a moderate. President Donald Trump's chief of staff…

Podesta's downfall sends shock waves through K Street » Politico The news of Tony Podesta's resignation from his namesake firm and indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates sent K Street scrambling, as lobbyists rushed to make sure they're in compliance with the r…

As Open Enrollment for Obamacare Begins, Confusion Reigns » The New York Times The Affordable Care Act's fifth open enrollment season starts Wednesday, but after months of attacks in Washington, many consumers are confused about the law. …

Senators Hammer Facebook, Google, Twitter Over Foreign Influence In Elections » The Huffington Post WASHINGTON ? Facebook, Twitter and Google representatives could not assure Congress on Tuesday in their first of multiple hearings that they knew the full extent of efforts by foreign governments to i…

Some At State House Clearly 'Feel At Risk,' Says Former Mass. State Rep. Ellen Story » New England Public Radio Leaders in the Massachusetts legislature are reviewing their policies toward sexual harassment after a Boston Globe column last week. It detailed claims by a dozen anonymous activists, staffers, lobby…

Pastors and activists rally for Senate criminal justice bill » Boston Globe The House is poised Wednesday to tee up a controversial criminal justice bill that passed the Senate last week but was criticized Tuesday by Governor Charlie Baker, who said he had “very signifi…

Quincy plans to sue 'Big Pharma' » Patriot Ledger QUINCY – The City of Quincy has contracted a big D.C. law firm to sue pharmaceutical companies, saying that the corporations have responsibility for the rise in drug addiction over the past sev…

Another insurer withdraws from Massachusetts market » Boston Business Journal When open enrollment begins Nov. 1, Massachusetts residents will have two fewer options for insurance, becoming the latest state to lose insurers on the state's marketplace amid federal upheaval. …

“In the middle of this terrible opioid and heroin epidemic, the legislation, in a number of instances, dramatically reduces the penalties for drug dealers in heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine,”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the Senate's criminal justice bill which is headed to the House.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Salem Congressman to President Donald Trump: Don't call Russia probe 'witch hunt' » The Republican The Massachusetts congressman, whose district is known for its 1690s trials of individuals accused of witchcraft, took issue again Tuesday with President Donald Trump's oft-repeated claim that the spe…

A Freelance Diplomat Takes Scandinavia » The Atlantic On a Tuesday evening this summer, 600 people took their seats in a sold-out theater in Copenhagen. Their mood was electric. The applause and laughter came in generous portions—which was surpris…

Business

(NJ) sues Purdue Pharma, alleging scheme to mislead public on opioids » Politico State Attorney General Chris Porrino filed a lawsuit in Superior Court in Essex County on Tuesday against Purdue Pharma, alleging a deceptive marketing campaign to boost sales of OxyContin and other o…

10 artful questions: A primer on Berkshire Museum's legal issues » Berkshire Eagle At 11 a.m., the Pittsfield courtroom will offer a crash course on public charities law, as attorneys debate a $60 million question: Should the Berkshire Museum be allowed to sell art?…

Watchdog group will review prices of all new drugs » Boston Globe A Boston watchdog group focused on “value-based” drug pricing will expand its scope to review all new medicines, as well as price increases on existing treatments, under a new grant.…

A towering coronation for Kronos HQ in Lowell » Lowell Sun State Rep. Dave Nangle remembers from four decades ago the excitement surrounding the construction of the Wang Laboratories towers and the innovative work performed inside.…

Nonprofit Boards Should Heed This Multi-Stakeholder Revolt in Western Mass » Nonprofit Quarterly

Civil Rights

Tighter Massachusetts Gun Law Does Not Restrict Second Amendment » Boston Magazine Despite enacting one of the strictest gun laws in the country in 2014, a new, comprehensive report from researchers at Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts Boston found that the…

Education

Kennedy, McGovern visit schools to announce grant » Sentinel & Enterprise It was only in the last few minutes, as two of the state's congressional representatives tried to take as many questions from high school students as possible, when it appeared the Q&A would unravel.…

Bridgewater State University to face federal discrimination lawsuit in day care rape case » The Enterprise Boston lawyer Carmen Durso, who is part of a team representing the families of victims, said the claim will allege that university administrators did not take appropriate steps to protect the victims …

Environment

Massachusetts legislators propose bill encouraging taxpayers to fight climate change » The Daily Free Press The state's Joint Committee on Revenue held a hearing at the Massachusetts State House Tuesday afternoon to discuss a bill that would allow residents to voluntarily contribute part or all of their tax…

Coonamessett River restoration project underway » Cape Cod Times Four centuries of human impacts to the lower Coonamessett River will be reversed as part of a massive effort to restore the river's natural course.…

Sewage overflows into Merrimack River after treatment plant loses power » Boston Globe Sewage flowed into the Merrimack River for 13 hours after the powerful storm early Monday knocked out electricity to a treatment plant and pump station in North Andover, officials said.…

Gaming

Lawmakers consider proposals to change gaming and racing laws in state » WWLP 22 Lawmakers held a public hearing on more than 15 bills dealing with gaming and racing. One proposal would further regulate horse races and simulcast dog races in Massachusetts.…

Health Care

'All The Confusion' Surrounding Mass. Health Connector's Open Enrollment Period » WBUR The Health Connector website goes live Wednesday for hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents expected to shop for health insurance for the coming year.…

Wait for mental health treatment in Mass. can take months, study says » Boston Globe For those seeking help for mental illness or addiction in Massachusetts, the path can be long and tortuous, often taking several months before treatment begins.…

State sees higher costs from Partners-Mass. Eye and Ear deal » State House News Service

Human Services

Essex district attorney investigates group home after allegations of poor care » Boston Globe Ioannis Baglaneas was lonely after his four brothers and sisters moved away to start their lives. So when his mother showed him the Peabody group home where he would be living with other developmental…

Insurance

Another insurer withdraws from Massachusetts market » Boston Business Journal When open enrollment begins Nov. 1, Massachusetts residents will have two fewer options for insurance, becoming the latest state to lose insurers on the state's marketplace amid federal upheaval.…

Passive enrollment plan carries savings, care implications for seniors » State House News Service

Dentists critical of Delta Dental plan » Worcester Business Journal

Judiciary

Massachusetts Senate Gutting Statutory Rape? Key Legislator Says No, But Family Advocate Wary of Bill » New Boston Post

Berkshire legal community shows high praise for district court judge nominee Jennifer Tyne » Berkshire Eagle A soft, full smile stretched across judicial nominee Jennifer Tyne's face Monday night as members of the Berkshire legal community described her as hardworking, empathetic, even-tempered and fair.…

Cases touched by former drug lab analyst could be tossed out » Boston Globe In a hearing Tuesday at the state Supreme Judicial Court, prosecutors revealed plans to dismiss many of the thousands of cases tainted by a forensic chemist at the Amherst drug lab and subsequent misc…

Legislative

Rosenberg vows to update harassment training » Boston Herald State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg promised a beefed-up approach to training interns and their supervisors after he said an internal review found flaws in how the young employees are managed.…

Feeney brings ambitious agenda to Mass. Senate » State House News Service

Lewis Chairs Hearing On Domestic Violence » Somerville Patch

Local Government

Campaign finance reports are in and Leominster's Ricker is just ahead of Mazzarella in contributions; DiNatale way up over Vera » Sentinel & Enterprise With pre-election reports now turned in to the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, campaign contributions reveal Leominster's mayoral candidates are neck-and-neck in terms of campaign cont…

The Big Cities That Could Elect a New Mayor in November » Governing Incumbent mayors are at risk of losing in several big cities. Meanwhile, some voters might elect their first woman or black woman to lead city hall. …

Proposal could ease costs of water filtration system in Webster » Worcester Telegram

State Rep. Bud Williams proposes black heritage museum in Springfield » MassLive

Marijuana

OUR VIEW: City should not pass up chance at marijuana revenue » The Sun Chronicle It was a mere footnote in the mayoral debate held last week at Attleboro City Hall. Mayor Kevin Dumas and state Rep. Paul Heroux, vying to become the city's next chief executive, were asked if they wo…

1st marijuana grow facility in Berkshires planned for Pittsfield » The Republican The first marijuana grow facility in Berkshire County is on track to open in February.…

Opinion

I've Been Treating Opioid Addiction For A Decade. This Is What We Need To Do » WBUR President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency last week, a move that waives some federal regulations and eases state access to federal funds. The administration stopped short …

Impose tolls on the state's other highways? Yes, but first things first » Boston Globe All-electronic tolling came to the Massachusetts Turnpike late last fall, liberating drivers at long last from the hassle of toll booths and collectors.…

Carr: Mere outsider volunteer touted as Robert Mueller's big catch » Boston Herald Winning campaigns attract losers - and the more a campaign wins, the more losers it attracts.…

Robert Mueller torpedoes Trump's line of defense » Boston Globe Twin torpedoes from special counsel Robert Mueller have just sunk several frigates that were important parts of Donald Trump's protective convoy.…

Kevin Spacey attempts to find cover by coming out » Boston Globe Coming out is an extraordinary affirmation of self. For me, it was the moment when I was unshackled from the expectations of others.…

Politics

Boston's Wide Economic Disparity Plays Key Role In Mayor's Race » WBUR On Tuesday, Bostonians will go to the polls to give Mayor Marty Walsh another four-year term, or to replace him with City Councilor Tito Jackson.…

Candidates focus on affordable housing » Gloucester Times A wide-open race featuring five current councilors, a former councilor and a first-time challenger — all vying for the four at-large seats on Gloucester's City Council — has emerged as a…

Council candidate claims Marty's Walsh support - in Spanish and Mandarin » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh maintains he won't endorse anyone in any City Council race, though a flyer being distributed by District 1 candidate Stephen Passacantilli's team seems to make that suggestion, e…

Congressional hopeful Steve Kerrigan talks tolls, funds » Boston Herald Steve Kerrigan, a Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District seat who was gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley's running mate in 2015, spoke on Boston Herald Radio yesterday in favor of…

The mantra in Boston mayoral races: lean left » Commonwealth Magazine TITO JACKSON'S biographical campaign video ends with a bold declaration appearing on the screen, one he has used to frame his insurgent campaign: …

Here is what Boston's Nov. 7 election ballot looks like, and yes there's a clown on it » The Republican Boston voters go to the polls on Nov. 7 to determine whether to give Mayor Marty Walsh a second four-year term or hand the reins over to City Councilor Tito Jackson, an ex-aide to former Gov. Deval Pa…

Proposed charter language has Fall River School Committee candidate Hetzler searching for answers » The Herald News Joshua E. Hetzler has spoken with Fall River Charter Commission members and consulted the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission to find out what happens if residents elect him to the School Committee …

$11,800 from medical marijuana company donated to Holyoke Council candidates » The Republican The company building a medical marijuana facility here has donated $11,800 to six of the City Council candidates who will be on the Nov. 7 election ballot, according to the latest campaign finance rep…

Public Health

Funeral home in Worcester says more needs to be done to help indigent burials » My Fox Boston It's no secret, the cost of death is high, it can be very expensive to say farewell to a loved one, but what happens to the dead who leave us without any way of paying for their final bill? …

Group: Fentanyl to fuel opioid deaths 5 more years » Boston Herald The deadly synthetic fentanyl and a shortage of treatment facilities will fuel the opioid epidemic over the next five years — and fatalities will climb before finally tapering off, according to…

Here are the final recommendations of the White House opioid commission » STAT News

Public Safety

Baker: No threat to Massachusetts following NYC bike path rampage » WCVB At least eight people are dead a dozen more were injured Tuesday afternoon when a man drove a rented truck through a bike path in the Lower Manhattan section of New York.…

Montague Police Chief Charles 'Chip' Dodge removed from duty while town ponders whether to keep him » The Republican A new investigation of Police Chief Charles "Chip" Dodge initiated by the board of selectmen has prompted his removal from duty, effective immediately, a statement released Tuesday by the town says.…

Weymouth police offer lessons about opioid drug dangers » Wicked Local Weymouth

Amid crime concerns in Pittsfield, a gang diversion program sees funding stall » Berkshire Eagle

A call for a change in thinking on domestic violence » Lowell Sun

State Finance

Massachusetts Legislature misses deadline to close books on fiscal 2017 » MassLive The Massachusetts Legislature will cause the state to miss a deadline to close the books on fiscal 2017.…

House, Senate extend fiscal 2017 mini-budget talks into November » WWLP 22 The hopes of House and Senate lawmakers to complete a budget deal before Nov. 1 faded quickly on Tuesday afternoon as negotiations, initially stymied over a procedural dispute, have bogged down over a…

State Government

Boston 25 News » My Fox Boston BOSTON - After a year-long project, 25 Investigates reached out to a half dozen federal and state investigative agencies to share our findings that showed lawmakers charging taxpayers for their commut…

One State's Crusade to Limit Campaign Contributions Could Have Nationwide Repercussions » Governing Should Montana have to prove corruption to limit campaign contributions? …

Legislative leaders say they've dealt with sexual harassment complaints » Wicked Local Cambridge The leaders of the House and Senate both acknowledged Monday that their offices have received complaints of sexual harassment occurring at the State House, but neither man would go so far as to blame …

Baker to vacation in California until Monday » Boston Globe Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito will become the state's acting governor Wednesday morning after Charlie Baker leaves for several days in California, aides said Tuesday afternoon.…

Reps press action plan in wake of sex-harassment report » Sentinel & Enterprise Describing themselves as "saddened and angered," the co-chairs of the Women's Caucus Sexual Assault Working Group are calling for immediate implementation of a five-step action plan that includes mand…

Transportation

Battle over MBTA privatization rages » Newburyport News The battle over privatizing the MBTA is raging on Beacon Hill, with union leaders pushing back against plans to farm out bus maintenance.…

T budget deficit up » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA OFFICIALS ARE eyeing a nearly 67 percent spike in the agency's projected structural deficit, a hole caused by lower fare revenues from people avoiding what they view as the unreliable service and…

State Rep. Hannah Kane passes parking fraud prevention legislation » Wicked Local Shrewsbury State Rep. Hannah Kane, R-Shrewsbury, joined her colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to pass legislation that authorizes the Registry of Motor Vehicles to investigate charges that…

A commuter rail rider was arrested after a ticket check - but he had a valid pass » Boston Globe

Safety upgrades at Longmeadow railroad crossing get support from Senators Markey and Warren, Congressman Neal » MassLive

Utilities

There's a new tool in the fight to seal the state's gas leaks » Boston Globe In a patch of woods beside manicured lawns, a small metal stump poking out of the earth was silently and invisibly leaking methane, a potent greenhouse gas.…

75,000 still without power in eastern Massachusetts » Wicked Local Medway

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Sexual Misconduct in California's Capitol Is Difficult to Escape » The New York Times

In her own words: Women of California politics tell their stories of sexual harassment and unwanted touching » Los Angeles Times

Baker: Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment in Massachusetts » U.S. News and World Report

Speaker Madigan proposes state government anti-sexual harassment training » WLS

Speaker Madigan bill would require sexual harassment training at Illinois Capitol » Chicago Tribune

Women's group starts sex harassment hotline for N.Y. gov. workers » Daily News

Massachusetts is considering ditching daylight saving time, but should it? » CBS News

Outcomes for stroke patients not always linked to hospital proximity » Newburyport News

Cyr to Speak on Bump Stock Proposal at Cape Meeting » Cape Cod Online

Massachusetts Veterans May Be Entitled to Paid Leave on Veterans Day » Lexology

Polito: Mt. Washington Is The Quintessential Example Of Towns Partnering With State » WAMC

Baker predicts power will be back by midnight Tuesday » Lowell Sun

Baker to tap Mark Green as appeals court's top judge » Boston Globe

Baker Nominates Chief Justice for State Appeals Court » Associated Press (AP)

Anderson named state insurance commissioner » State House News Service

Massachusetts insurance commissioner named » Business Insurance

Urena won't seek open Congressional seat » State House News Service

Bump: Access to individual tax returns would improve government oversight » State House News Service

A name, a home and plans for jackpot-producing lottery terminal. » State House News Service

Paris bill puts climate change on agendas of both chambers » State House News Service

House budget chief's thoughts still with family in Puerto Rico » State House News Service

Fishtown Local: A kid on a mission » Gloucester Times

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Recipe of the Week

ROSEMARY POPOVERS

Chef Brian Alberg of The Red Lion Inn

Makes 12 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced rosemary
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup rendered goose fat (rendered beef or pork fat, olive oil or blended oil — can be used as a substitute)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Whisk flour, milk, rosemary, salt, pepper and eggs in a bowl.
  3. Place 1 tablespoon of fat into each of 12 cups of a muffin pan; heat in oven for 20 minutes.
  4. Pour 3 tablespoons of batter into each cup; bake until puffed and golden brown, about 30 minutes.
  5. Serve hot.


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