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10:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, FY19 Consensus Revenue Hearing Joint Committee on Ways and Means & ANF

1:00pm Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

6:00pm Mass. Young Republicans Holiday Party

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6:00pm Holiday Mixer with Lawrence City Councilor Pavel Payano

Must-Reads

The CHIP Program Is Beloved. Why Is Its Funding in Danger? » New York Times A children's health insurance program popular with both Republicans and Democrats is in limbo because of partisan rancor that has stymied legislative action in Washington. …

Bannon rails against Romney in Alabama speech: 'You hid behind your religion' to avoid Vietnam » The Washington Post Former White House political strategist Stephen K. Bannon rallied for Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore by picking another fight with a figure from the so-called Republican establishment: 2012 GOP p…

Lena Dunham, Tina Brown Reportedly Warned Clinton Campaign About Weinstein » The Huffington Post Two influential women in media said they warned Hillary Clinton's aides about Harvey Weinstein — but their words of caution appeared to go unheeded. …

GOP's Dean Tran wins special election for state Senate seat by over 600 votes » Sentinel & Enterprise Republican Dean Tran won the special election Tuesday for the Worcester-Middlesex state Senate seat, according to unofficial election results. …

Sen. Stan Rosenberg stripped of Senate president's stipend while on leave » MassLive Sen. Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, will be stripped of his $80,000-a-year Senate president's stipend while he is on leave from the post. Acting Senate President Harriette Chandler, D-Worcester, is entitl…

At time of crisis, Sen. Chandler reflects on taking the reins » Worcester Telegram Five days ago, the longtime Democrat would have thought nothing of referring to friend and colleague Stanley C. Rosenberg as Senate president. Now, when she says it she has to correct herself, her min…

Rep. Seth Moulton: Pelosi's Response To Conyers Allegations Shows Why Democrats Need New Leadership » BuzzFeed Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, a Democrat, accused his party of failing to show "leadership" in response to sexual harassment allegations made against their own members. …

Largest Mass. Companies Are Mostly Silent On GOP Tax Plans » WBUR WBUR reached out to a dozen of the largest companies in Massachusetts by market cap, and nearly all of them declined to offer a response to the tax bill. …

Republican wins state Senate seat vacated by Democrat » Taunton Daily Gazette Fitchburg City Councilor Dean Tran on Tuesday won the north central Massachusetts Senate seat vacated earlier this year by Jennifer Flanagan, helping Republicans to a rare feat by flipping a Senate se…

“I would be happy if it were out of the country, to be honest with you,” said acting Senate President Harriette Chandler. “I want so badly for this to be so squeaky clean. I don’t want there to be a hint of anything being the slightest bit wrong or off-color.”

Acting Senate President Harriette Chandler

Speaking about the investigation of the sexual misconduct allegations against Stan Rosenberg's husband.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Moulton urges Franken to resign, says Pelosi 'didn't respect the women' who came forward against Conyers » Boston Globe US Representative Seth Moulton on Tuesday called on Senator Al Franken to resign and urged House minority leader Nancy Pelosi to step down from her leadership position, saying she “didn't respec…

Rep. Seth Moulton: Pelosi's Response To Conyers Allegations Shows Why Democrats Need New Leadership » BuzzFeed Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, a Democrat, accused his party of failing to show "leadership" in response to sexual harassment allegations made against their own members.…

Bannon tells Roy Moore's supporters: 'They want to take your voice away' » Boston Globe It already felt a little like a victory party in Alabama Tuesday, where Senate candidate Roy Moore is suddenly feeling love from the Republican Party despite weeks of disclosures that he sexually purs…

Massachusetts senators: Delay net neutrality vote » Milford Daily News The Bay State's two U.S. senators are asking the Federal Communications Commission to postpone a vote next week to dismantle net neutrality rules, saying the group is ignoring the will of the public.…

Business

At this Cambridge biotech, workers are tested to understand patients' diet experience » Boston Globe Biotech companies developing drugs for rare diseases often invite patients to visit so workers can put a human face on illnesses that could be viewed as abstract scientific puzzles.…

With Amazon in mind, Suffolk Downs developer seeks environmental review waiver » Boston Globe The developer of the Suffolk Downs site wants to move at Amazon speed, even if that means skipping some environmental reviews.…

Exxon counters Maura Healey » Boston Herald Exxon Mobil asked the state's highest court to block an order stemming from Attorney General Maura Healey's investigation into whether the oil giant hid for decades its own scientific findings about t…

'They that go down to the sea in ships' » Commonwealth Magazine For centuries, New England fishermen have provided much of the seafood for the world's dinner tables. In 1623, the nation's first fishing port was started in Gloucester, which became synonymous with t…

Civil Rights

Abortion foes fall short on ballot push » Newburyport News

Crimes

Boston Women Back Time Magazine's Honor To 'Silence Breakers' » CBS Boston Time Magazine's move to honor “the silence breakers”, was a big topic at the Massachusetts Conference for Women's Workplace Summit. …

Education

Judge dismisses two counts against UMass in death of confidential informant » Gazette Net A judge ruled Monday to dismiss two of three counts against the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the death of a student participating in its confidential informant program.…

Harvard sticks with restrictions on all-male clubs, eliciting lawsuit threats » Boston Globe Harvard University announced Tuesday that it will not ban its exclusive all-male final clubs outright but will continue to sanction their members, upholding the college's current policy.…

Tito Jackson slams BPS' 'Home Base' assignment plan » Boston Herald City Councilor Tito Jackson says he is worried the city schools' new assignment system may have left parents and students with fewer good options, and is blasting officials for not releasing promised …

New law allows for bilingual teaching in MA public schools » Western Mass News A new law signed by Governor Charlie Baker will allow public schools in Massachusetts to teach students in their native languages.…

In School Funding Court Battles, There's Been a Winning Shift » Governing

Environment

Arlington residents take part in climate justice 'stand-in' at State House » Arlington residents Ellen Leigh and Alan Linov traveled to the State House on Nov. 14 to demand that Gov. Charlie Baker use his executive authority to stop the construction of dangerous new fossil fue…

Health Care

Home health agency agrees to pay $14 million to settle MassHealth billing allegations » Boston Globe A home health agency has agreed to pay more than $14 million to settle allegations that it improperly sought and received payments from MassHealth, the attorney general's office said Tuesday.…

AG Maura Healey: Maxim Healthcare reaches $14 million settlement with Mass to end improper billing investigation » MassLive A national home-health care agency that operates out of several locations in Massachusetts including Springfield has agreed to pay a $14 million settlement to end charges that it was paid for improper…

Health agency with Wilmington office must pay $14M settlement for improper billing » Lowell Sun A national home health agency with an office in WIlmington has agreed to pay approximately $14 million to settle allegations that it improperly billed the state's Medicaid program, MassHealth.…

Nurses, hospitals get ready for battle over patient staffing limits » Boston Business Journal A battle is brewing on Beacon Hill as nurse and hospital advocacy groups get ready to face off over a ballot question that would mandate nurse to patient staffing limits.…

Sen. Warren 'very concerned' about proposed CVS/Aetna deal » WWLP 22 U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she's "very concerned" about drugstore operator CVS's $69 billion offer for insurer Aetna, saying the proposal would create another industry behemoth.…

Massachusetts reproductive rights groups join anti-Trump lawsuit over birth control » MassLive

Housing

Failing foundations: Connecticut concrete emerges as threat to some Massachusetts homes » MassLive Russell Dupere digs at the inside of his basement wall with the meat of his thumb -- not even the nail -- and with no effort at all the concrete crumbles.…

City renters and landlords teamed up to fight plans to move housing court out of Lynn » Lynn Daily News Item Chief Justice Timothy F. Sullivan got an earful Tuesday when three dozen housing advocates, lawyers, tenants and landlords packed Courtroom 1 to stop the closure of Lynn Housing Court.…

Judiciary

Worcester lawyer nominated for judgeship » Worcester Telegram

Worcester attorney Blake Rubin to run for DA » Worcester Mag

Labor

H-1B visa program for technology workers slows under Trump » Boston Globe The Trump administration has dramatically stepped up its scrutiny of visa applications for technology workers, forcing some Massachusetts companies and academic institutions to wait months to fill job…

A Downsized Public Workforce May Be a Permanent Consequence of the Recession » Governing When the economy first began unraveling during the Great Recession, most governments didn't feel it right away. Then, as revenues began to tumble, states and localities cut back on services, implement…

Signatures submitted to put $15 minimum wage, paid leave on Mass. ballot » Boston Globe Raise Up Massachusetts rallied with supporters across the street from the State House Tuesday as it prepared to submit signatures to put a $15 minimum wage and paid family and medical leave on the 201…

Legislative

Aspirations spur DiDomenico to bail on Rosenberg probe » State House News Service Hours before the Senate Ethics Committee met Tuesday to launch its investigation into former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, one Democratic member of the committee linked to aspirations of succeed…

Senate ethics committee vows to release findings of Rosenberg probe » Boston Herald Sexual assault allegations rock State House, prompting dual investigations State senators on the chamber's ethics committee are now vowing to release a report on its investigation into Stanley Rosenb…

State Senate opens ethics inquiry into Stan Rosenberg » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ethics convened Tuesday, formally beginning the investigation into whether Stanley C. Rosenberg, who has stepped aside as Senate president, broke chamber rules.…

Majority Leader to Replace Mass. Senate President Amid Investigation » NECN The announcement came late Monday after a nearly eight-hour Democratic caucus held behind closed doors at the State House. Rosenberg announced earlier Monday he would take a leave of absence from his …

Rosenberg faces daunting path back to power, Dems say » Boston Globe Supporters of Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg are certainly hoping the liberal Amherst Democrat can regain his post as Senate president. …

Senate panel promises confidentiality in Rosenberg probe » WCVB Massachusetts lawmakers promised Tuesday to shield the identities of any witnesses who come forward during an investigation to determine if former Senate President Stan Rosenberg, whose husband has be…

Senate Panel Promises Confidentially in Rosenberg Probe » NECN Massachusetts lawmakers promised Tuesday to shield the identities of any witnesses who come forward during an investigation to determine if former Senate President Stan Rosenberg, whose husband has be…

Rosenberg Probe Begins, Senator Expects Out-of-State Independent Investigator » New Boston Post The Senate Ethics Committee opened its investigation into former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg Tuesday, promising complete confidentiality to anyone with information about sexual misconduct by Ro…

Harriette Chandler Elected Interim Massachusetts Senate President » Boston Magazine Everything you need to know about the Worcester Democrat, who will lead the chamber as it investigates former President Stan Rosenberg. …

Local officials say support for Rosenberg still strong » Sentinel & Enterprise As leadership of the Senate slipped out of Sen. Stanley Rosenberg's hands Monday, officials nearly 100 miles away in the former Senate president's hometown applauded his decision to step aside and sai…

Out-of-state investigator sought for Rosenberg probe » Worcester Telegram The Senate Ethics Committee opened its investigation into former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg Tuesday, promising complete confidentiality to anyone with information about sexual misconduct by Ro…

Sen. Chandler of Worcester to serve as acting Senate president » Boston Business Journal Sen. Harriette Chandler, a Democrat from Worcester, has been elected acting Senate president for the duration of the investigation involving Senate President Stan Rosenberg. …

College Democrats Lobby Mass. Government on Five Bills » The Harvard Crimson The College Democrats gathered at the Massachusetts State House Tuesday to press for the passage of five bills advocating for a wide range progressive of issues as part of their biannual Lobby Day. …

Massachusetts Senate Ethics Committee pledges to release Rosenberg report to the public » MassLive The Senate Committee on Ethics plans to select an independent investigator within the next two weeks to look into the issues surrounding Sen. Stan Rosenberg, according to a statement from the committe…

New Mass. Senate president elected, investigation launched » Metro After Stanley Rosenberg stepped down as the Massachusetts Senate president amid an investigation into his husband, Worcester Democrat Harriette Chandler is now in the role. …

For state Rep. Lori Ehrlich, 2018 will mark a decade atop Beacon Hill » Wicked Local Marblehead In May, state Rep. Lori Ehrlich, D-Marblehead, and the former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon crossed paths.…

Rep. Steve Ultrino secures $1.5M for Malden projects in House bill » Wicked Local Malden Lead pipe replacement efforts and a local community center may receive $1.5 million in state funding thanks to a bill that recently passed the state House of Representatives.…

Senate in 'uncharted water' with changes » Boston Herald Stan stripped of stipend, 'no guarantee' he will retake post …

How The Mass. Legislature Can Get Closer To Gender Balance » WBUR State Sen. Harriette Chandler, a Democrat from Worcester, became the acting president of the Massachusetts Senate this week, the second woman of the last three leaders to hold the gavel. Four of the s…

3 women poised to seek Senate presidency, amid Rosenberg firestorm » Boston Herald

Leaders call for out-of-state probe » Boston Herald

These senators want the Massachusetts Senate presidency if Stan Rosenberg steps down permanently » MassLive Four senators have confirmed that they are interested in pursuing the Massachusetts Senate presidency should Sen. Stan Rosenberg step down permanently. …

Mass. State Senate Leadership Battle Quickly Spills Into The Open » WBUR Their chamber seemingly adrift, state senators were in constant contact with each other in the days leading up to Monday night's dramatic vote to elect Harriette Chandler as acting president, and the …

Friedman named to Senate Ethics panel » Sentinel & Enterprise Hours before the Senate Ethics Committee met Tuesday to launch its investigation into former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, one Democratic member of the committee linked to aspirations of succeed…

Support for state Sen. Stan Rosenberg remains strong in home district » MassLive Support remains strong for state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg in his home district despite sexual assault allegations against his husband and an investigation into whether Rosenberg violated any Senate rule…

Stanley Rosenberg stripped of stipend, 'no guarantee' he will retake post » Boston Herald The Senate is making “no guarantee” that embattled state Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg will be allowed to reclaim his leadership post even if cleared by an ethics investigation, acting Senate …

Donoghue seen as good Senate president » Lowell Sun Speculation swirled over the weekend about the future of the Senate president's post.…

Local Government

In 2018, five elections slated for Swampscott » Wicked Local Swampscott The New Year has not yet arrived, and five elections in 2018 slated for Swampscott have already materialized. “It's going to start getting busy for the town clerk's office with everything coming…

Worcester tax rate makes another shift to the business side » Worcester Telegram The City Council Tuesday night adopted a set of tax rates for this fiscal year that shifts more of the local property tax burden to businesses.…

New day dawns in Stoughton politics as voters recall 3 selectmen » Patriot Ledger In a recall election that was the culmination of a political brouhaha churning for months in Stoughton, voters choose three newcomer candidates Tuesday in close races over three incumbents. Christine …

School Committee reps update selectmen on district budget » The Landmark

Marijuana

First medical marijuana dispensary in Worcester County opens its doors in Leicester » Worcester Telegram Cultivate Holdings Inc. on Main Street is the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Worcester County.…

Ipswich may need new recreational pot vote » Wicked Local Ipswich On April 1, according to the new state law, applications for recreational marijuana establishments can be filed. There are now two medical marijuana treatment centers with pending licenses in Ipswich,…

Regulators mull landscape for cannabis clubs, budtenders » State House News Service Allowing adults to purchase and use marijuana at some retail facilities -- think cannabis clubs -- could reduce the risk of children getting a hold of the drug and may limit how much legal marijuana i…

Open bar: Cannabis commission focuses on "social consumption" » Commonwealth Magazine WHEN VOTERS PASSED the referendum legalizing adult use of marijuana, most people focused on the ability to use pot in their own homes or with friends. State regulators, however, are being urged to set…

Opinion

Our view: Leave striped bass management to the experts » Gloucester Times The return to health of the striped bass has been one of the great conservation success stories of recent decades. On the brink of extinction in the 1970s and 1980s, the popular sport fish was brought…

Senator Dianne Feinstein may be provoking a constitutional conflict » Boston Globe SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN may be provoking a constitutional conflict between the legislative and executive branches of our government. …

The Republicans' era of irrationality » Boston Globe HERE'S ALL the intellectual equipment one apparently needs to be a Republican policy maker in the Trump era: a willingness to wish away the best available analyses in favor of magical thinking.…

Editorial: Rural Commonwealth poised to tackle broad small-town agenda » The Recorder What began with a focus on West County issues, such as full funding for regional school transportation and increased payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) reimbursements for towns with a lot of state-owned…

Tommy Chang, school superintendent and scapegoat » Boston Globe SINCE AT LEAST MARCH, city officials have known that an IRS audit had uncovered possible financial lapses in Boston, which ultimately resulted in a payment of $944,000 in fines and back taxes. The cit…

Our Opinion: DPU rate hike gift is mixed with coal » The Berkshire Eagle This is the time of year to deck the halls with holiday metaphors, so it's fitting to suggest that the state Department of Public Utilities' trimming of Eversource's proposed electricity distribution …

Scandals say one thing: It's business as usual in Boston » Lowell Sun The city of Boston is fined $1 million by the IRS after it found during an audit that school officials had improperly accounted for thousands of dollars in student activity funds.…

Non-English speaking students deserve better solution » The Landmark

Tax reform for whom? » Martha's Vineyard Times The tax reform package making its way through Congress will have a mixed impact on Island residents. The House passed its version on Nov. 16, the Senate in the early hours of Dec. 2. They held no hear…

Politics

ELECTION: Without primary date, Mass. stands alone among states » Wicked Local Newton Every two years, the state holds an election. And every two years, voters head to the polls on the first Tuesday in November.…

What Charlie Baker's Popularity Says About The State Of The Commonwealth » WBUR This factoid is trotted out by both conservative and liberal media outlets as if it were the most illustrious thing that an elected official can strive for — not legislative accomplishments, no…

Auditor Bump formalizes campaign for third term » State House News Service Auditor Suzanne Bump launched her re-election campaign Wednesday morning with a press release.…

GOP's Tran wins state Senate seat » Lowell Sun Republican Dean Tran won the special election Tuesday for the Worcester-Middlesex state Senate seat, according to preliminary election results. …

Tran wins special Senate race; most Item towns vote Democratic » Worcester Telegram

Dean Tran's inspiring story goes to Beacon Hill » Sentinel & Enterprise Dean Tran's personal story of arriving in America with his family as refugees from the Vietnam War and climbing the ladder of success via education, business and politics is a remarkable one. On Tuesd…

Public Health

Doctors group shifts stance on assisted suicide » The Salem News BOSTON — The Massachusetts Medical Society has dropped its longstanding opposition to physician-assisted suicide, which could give momentum to perennial legislation to legalize the controversia…

Public Safety

What "Overprotective" Moms Get Right About Sleepovers And Child Abuse » romper Are slumber parties dangerous? Now that everyone in America seems to have less than six degrees of separation from the nearest sexual predator, it's hard not to look at the rash of abuses and panic ab…

State Government

Without primary date, Mass. stands alone among states » Lowell Sun Every two years, the state holds an election. And every two years, voters head to the polls on the first Tuesday in November. …

Utilities

Passions run high as Housie residents decry 'smart' water meters » the Berkshire edge Tensions flared at a meeting last week to educate ratepayers on the ongoing installation of so-called smart meters by Housatonic Water Works, the private water company that supplies water to about 850…

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AG, DA prepared to open criminal probe into Rosenberg's husband » Boston Herald

State Senate must change course quickly » Sentinel & Enterprise

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Recipe of the Week

Apple-Cinnamon Waffles

Yankee Magazine

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter, plus extra for waffle iron
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 medium-size sweet apple, such as Fuji or Gala, unpeeled, cored, and shredded on a grater

Directions

Preheat waffle iron. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.

In the bowl of a standing mixer or with a handheld mixer, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Set aside.

In a third bowl, whisk together egg yolks, milk, and butter. Stir egg yolk mixture into flour mixture until combined (some lumps are fine). Gently fold in egg whites until there are few streaks; then fold in apple.
Spoon into a greased waffle iron and cook until nicely browned; serve immediately with maple syrup. 



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