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Today on Beacon Hill

11:00am National Guard Officer Commissioning and Governor's 20 Presentation, Memorial Hall & Nurses Hall, State House

2:00pm Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

6:00pm Taunton Christmas Party for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

6:30pm City Councilor-Elect Lydia Edward's Birthday Bash

Must-Reads

USA Today Calls Trump Unfit To Clean Obama's Toilets In Scathing Editorial » USA TODAY Donald Trump, the man ... is uniquely awful. His sickening behavior is corrosive to the enterprise of a shared governance based on common values and the consent of the governed. …

The #MeToo movement is knocking on Donald Trump's front door » Boston Globe Disgraced actors have been removed from films and TV shows. Longtime morning show hosts are being replaced by substitutes. Celebrity entrepreneurs are stepping away from business empires that made the…

Head of health care union suspended over allegations of inappropriate behavior » Boston Globe Tyrék D. Lee Sr. leads the Service Employees International Union's Local 1199, which represents about 56,000 workers in Massachusetts. He faces accusations of sexual harassment, according to people…

Analysis: 2017 Has Been Nutty for K Street, but 2018 Could Be Insane » Roll Call The Trump era ushered in a maelstrom of unpredictable policy fights along with scandals that have ripped into K Street. Think it can't get any stranger? Just wait until campaign season kicks into high…

State to review impacts of major Beth Israel-Lahey merger » State House News Service The merger involving the Beth Israel Deaconess system, Lahey Health and three other hospitals is the largest health care transaction proposed in Massachusetts in decades, and the new entity would prov…

Rep. Clark Calls Trump An 'Insecure Sexual Predator' » WBUR-FM U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark from Melrose is criticizing President Trump for his comments on Twitter about New York U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. …

As Goes Moore, So Goes Trumpism » New York Times In one of the strange rhymes that history favors, nearly eight years after Barack Obama's Democrats managed the extraordinary feat of losing a senate race in Massachusetts, Donald Trump's Republicans …

“With these staff changes and our existing expert analysts and team members, I have a great lineup to help us hit the ground running for the remainder of the session — and beyond,”

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

Speaking about the promotion of communications director Seth Gitell to chief of staff.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Elizabeth Warren slams Trump for trying to 'slut-shame' Kirsten Gillibrand » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren jumped to the defense of her Senate colleague on Tuesday morning after President Donald Trump said that Senator Kirsten Gillibrand would “do anything” for campaign…

An Upset In Trump Country: Democrat Doug Jones Bests Roy Moore In Alabama » WBUR Democrat Doug Jones has won the Alabama Senate special election, a victory that was a stunning upset in a deeply red state that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump. The president, who had backed …

Treasury Department backs GOP tax plan in 1-page analysis, Elizabeth Warren calls report 'bogus' » MassLive A U.S. Department of Treasury analysis of Senate Republicans' tax overhaul bill released this week suggested that the $1.5 trillion legislation could pay for itself if the economy grows at as faster p…

President Trump said to be 'disappointed' that Tom Brady has distanced himself » Boston Globe For a lot of people, the takeaway from The New York Times's lengthy profile of President Donald Trump was the revelation that the leader of the free world watches as much as eight hours of television …

Charlie Baker Says He Doesn't Support Roy Moore, Keeps Funneling Money to the RNC » Boston Magazine Until Baker cuts off the RNC, his stern words opposing the candidate are just that: words. …

Healey tells Trump that consumer agency is no 'joke' » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts' Maura Healey and 16 other state attorneys general rallied to the defense of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a letter Tuesday, saying President Donald Trump's pick to le…

Puerto Rico governor discusses statehood, tax bill impacts » State House News Service Puerto Rico would be "penalized" under tax bills passed by the U.S. House and Senate, according to the island's governor, who said the U.S. territory would be treated like a foreign country under the …

GOP chairman shoots down Democrat effort to delay tax work until Jones is seated » The Hill

Business

Many companies don't go far enough to address sexual harassment, but the tide is turning » Boston Globe Until recently, sexual harassment in the workplace was often dealt with quickly and quietly, or in some cases not at all. Companies might send out a generic training video, maybe transfer the alleged …

25 Investigates: Thousands of Mass. IDs stolen to lobby for more expensive internet » My Fox Boston Thousands of Massachusetts residents have had their identities stolen and used to lobby the government to support new rules that could make the internet more expensive – a flood of fake comment…

'It's devastating': Fishermen try to cope as NOAA shuts down groundfishing » South Coast Today Cesar Verde only knows fishing. The New Bedford resident learned the craft in his native Portugal. For the past 17 years, he's worked in the fishing industry in his new home, and he's been a captain f…

States Sue Mass. Over Sale Of Eggs, Meat From Confined Animals » New England Public Radio

Crimes

Deval Patrick's brother-in-law faces 'assault with intent to rape' charge » Boston Herald Bernard Sigh -- whose 1993 rape conviction was a flashpoint during his brother-in-law Gov. Deval Patrick's first gubernatorial campaign -- is being held on charges of assault with intent to rape, auth…

Massachusetts Democrat charged in bribery, kickback schemes » Fox News A former state senator from Massachusetts was charged last week with collecting about $1 million in bribes and kickbacks that he allegedly laundered through his company. …

Education

Lost on campus, as colleges look abroad » Boston Globe One day this fall, Rachel Domond, a third-year student at Northeastern University, conducted a counting exercise that has become all too familiar for many African-American students.…

Parents question educational benefits of early school starts » Boston Globe If Erin Birmingham Anadu's 6-year-old son doesn't change his natural sleep-and-wake-up cycle, he is never going to make it to school on time next year. He typically gets up at 7:30 a.m., two hours bef…

Massachusetts helping to keep students affected by hurricanes in school » WWLP 22 News Massachusetts has the fifth largest population of Puerto Ricans in the mainland U.S. and is preparing for more on the way as the island rebuilds following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.…

Gov. Baker to visit Southeastern Regional Thursday » Wicked Local Easton Luis Lopes remembers when Charlie Baker was running for governor in 2014. Baker visited Southeastern Regional Vocational High School, and told Lopes it was the first vocational school he had ever step…

Working families struggle to pay for child care » Cape Cod Times A panel of Cape and Islands educators spoke in unison Tuesday before the state's Board of Early Education and Care and offered perspectives on the educational needs of local children and families.…

FBI joins probe into racial incidents at FSU » The Metro West Daily News Facing another report of hate speech on campus, Framingham State University will hold a healing ceremony Wednesday as campus police and officials from the FBI probe a string of racist notes targeting …

Mass. OKs Tuition Break For Hurricane Evacuees From Puerto Rico And The U.S. Virgin Islands » WBUR Students who relocated to Massachusetts from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands because of Hurricane Maria will be immediately eligible to pay lower in-state public higher education tuition rates…

Federal

US Sen. Ed Markey urges conference committee to cut provisions targeting clean energy sector from tax bill » MassLive U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, called on the panel tasked with reconciling the House and Senate-passed versions of tax overhaul legislation to exclude from the final bill provisions that he sai…

Republicans' Tax Bill Nearing the Finish Line » New York Times

Gaming

Tribe, state, and town will have to wait » Martha's Vineyard Times The U.S. Supreme Court has kicked the can down the road on a decision of whether it will hear a case involving a gambling hall for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).…

Health Care

State to review merger of Beth Israel, Lahey Health » Boston Globe The state's health care watchdog agency on Tuesday launched a detailed review of a planned merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Lahey Health, and several other hospitals, in perhaps the lar…

Rivals say Baker's fundraising approach benefits Moore » Sentinel & Enterprise A fundraising partnership with the Republican National Committee has greatly enriched the Massachusetts Republican Party since Gov. Charlie Baker took office in 2015, but that same agreement has put t…

State farther along on health care affordability than others » The Salem News Expect to see more concrete details on the Massachusetts House's plan for health care within the next couple of months. That's the message from Speaker Robert DeLeo's health care policy analyst, Sarah…

Mass. hospitals scramble to issue debt ahead of federal tax reform » Boston Business Journal The threat of a congressional tax overhaul inching closer has providers in Massachusetts scrambling to issue debt before the end of the year, with over $1 billion in debt set to be refinanced or issue…

Housing

Easthampton among six communities to overhaul subdivision regulations » MassLive Many municipalities have subdivision rules that are decades old, resulting in wide, over-designed streets; excessive stormwater runoff; pavement heat islands; and unnecessary development costs, accord…

Human Services

Columnists Susan Karas and Jane Lyons praise auditor's report on children's agency » Gazette Net Friends of Children applauds the work of state Auditor Suzanne Bump with regards to Massachusetts Department of Children and Families' practices in 2014 and 2015, as outlined in her office's report re…

Homelessness Will Never End, But It Can Be Better Managed » Governing The way we talk about the issue makes it more difficult to do what needs to be done. …

Auditor, Baker Dispute Over Critical DCF Report » WAMC

Judiciary

Lawmakers are looking at treatment of mentally ill in courts, prison » Boston Globe Drug sentences and the age of criminal responsibility have dominated the debate about the criminal justice bill making its way through Beacon Hill, but the sweeping legislation also targets a largely …

Labor

Harvard loses appeal in dispute over graduate student union » Boston Business Journal Tuesday's ruling by the National Labor Relations Board allows a new election to move forward.…

I-Team: Retired State Police Leaders Earn Nearly $300,000 In Unused Vacation, Sick Time » CBS Boston

Legislative

Statehouse Nativity display stirs controversy » Gloucester Times For the second year, Rep. Jim Lyons plans to set up a temporary Nativity scene inside the Statehouse, but his intentions are drawing protests from a secular group that accuses the Andover Republican o…

DeLeo promotes staff as top aides leave for lobbying firms » Sentinel & Enterprise House Speaker Robert DeLeo's office is undergoing major staff changes, with his two senior aides departing for jobs in the private sector and his director of communications, former reporter and Mayor …

Political Notes: Region's senators support investigation » Wicked Local Weymouth The Cape and Islands' two state senators continue to work with colleagues as they deal with the scandal that has rocked Beacon Hill in recent weeks. …

Speaker DeLeo shakes up staff, promotes new chief » Boston Globe Massachusetts House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo is promoting communications director Seth Gitell, who for almost nine years has responded to reporters' questions with deflections, no comments, “I've…

Under cloud, state Senate cancels holiday party » Lowell Sun

Local Government

Wong throws Saugus seniors Christmas party » Wicked Local Saugus Senior citizens snacked on cookies and danced to holiday hits at state Rep. Donald Wong's annual Christmas party at the Senior Center. The Senior Tones sang a mix of Christmas songs and classic hits t…

Marijuana

CCC exploring ways to help communities harmed by marijuana ban » State House News Service As it works to build a new industry from the ground up, state marijuana regulators on Tuesday wrestled with how Massachusetts' newly legal marijuana industry could be more accessible to racially and e…

Marijuana regulators key on boosting poor » Boston Herald State marijuana regulators focused yesterday on how to give minority and poor communities — and people once convicted of dealing pot — a slice of Massachusetts' newly legal marijuana ind…

Resident eyes pot-friendly coffeehouse in Easthampton » Gazette Net A city resident hopes to open a cannabis coffeehouse in late spring, envisioning a place where people will day be able to smoke marijuana on-site and attend educational programs and classes about the …

North Adams residents, officials wary of retail marijuana delay » Berkshire Eagle City residents sent a clear signal to officials on Monday that retail marijuana should not be delayed. …

Opinion

Letter: Auditor's report shows need for more DCF oversight » Worcester Telegram Friends of Children applauds the work of State Auditor Suzanne Bump as outlined in her office's report released December 8. This investigation shines a clear light on the failure of Massachusetts' Dep…

If the SJC sticks to precedent, the millionaire's tax initiative is going nowhere » Boston Globe Some things Massachusetts gets right. For 101 years the state constitution has commanded that income be taxed at a uniform rate, a shield against populist agitators whipping up class envy to raise tax…

LETTER: Massachusetts needs Automatic Voter Registration » Wicked Local Cambridge Of all the items which the Massachusetts Legislature will consider this year, the one that most clearly and simply promotes and encourages democracy and participation is Automatic Voter Registration, …

The Ballad of Roy Moore » New Boston Post Ironically, the pro-morality candidate in Alabama lost because so many voters there still care about morality.…

GOP tax bill would decimate an already-devastated Puerto Rico » Boston Globe After nearly three months of recovering from a pair of natural disasters, Puerto Rico now faces a man-made one: the GOP tax bill.…

Letter: Ignore glossy attack, support nation's values » Berkshire Eagle Have you noticed lately that it's getting darker earlier? Sadly, but maybe appropriately, this also seems to be the case in our politics. …

Carr: Christmas comes early for hacks » Boston Herald If you really want to get into the Christmas spirit, stop by the Governor's Council meeting at the State House at noon today.…

EDITORIAL: A way to streamline, incentivize more affordable housing » Lowell Sun Since our housing stock won't grow at the grass-roots level, maybe it's time for a top-down approach to solve one of the main obstacles to this state's sustained economic growth.…

William E. Johnson: Supports character of Stanley Rosenberg » Gazette Net I comment on the controversy surrounding Stan Rosenberg, a man who I have known since 1987. We agree on some political issues and disagree on others. However, the one thing I know for sure about the s…

Our view: Smart step on affordable housing » The Salem News Just weeks after release of a Boston Foundation report underscoring the growing need for more affordable housing in much of Massachusetts, the governor added his solution to the mix, with a goal to cr…

Letter: Stop the hate, support sanctuary state bill » Berkshire Eagle If you live in Pittsfield, you may have received an oversized, disgusting anti-immigrant flyer in the mail. It asks people to contact state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier to withdraw her support from a bi…

Funding for preschool expansion critical to provide level playing field for those in need (Guest viewpoint) » The Republican

Politics

He's been searching for the Gardner heist thieves for decades. Now he's in the hunt for a State House seat. » Lynn Daily News Item Anthony Amore, a Swampscott resident, has announced his candidacy for state representative of the Eighth Essex District.…

Moran endorses fellow Lawrence state Rep. Matias in congressional bid » The Eagle Tribune Juana Matias has picked up another endorsement in her bid for the 3rd District seat in Congress being vacated by Niki Tsongas.…

Battenfeld: Party escapes scandal » Boston Herald Alabama voters dealt a blow to Republicans' hopes of keeping control of the U.S. Senate but gave Gov. Charlie Baker a reprieve by rejecting Judge Roy Moore and keeping him from becoming a major distra…

Democrats eye Ross' state Senate seat » The Metro West Daily News Democrats are lining up for the chance to turn a local state Senate seat from red to blue. …

Steve Lynch defends Charlie Baker in wake of Moore race » Boston Herald

Massachusetts Dems Are Gleeful Over Doug Jones' Victory in Alabama » Boston Magazine

Michael Dukakis Endorses Setti Warren for Governor » Boston Magazine

Public Safety

Arciero testifies on bill targeting child predators » Wicked Local Westford State Rep. James Arciero, D–Westford, and Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian recently testified before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary on a bill they filed targeting those convicted in …

Mass. legal challenges put breath test results on hold » Lowell Sun District attorneys statewide have suspended the use of test results from a widely used breathalyzer machine as the state sorts through thousands of documents that should have been turned over to attor…

Lynn's about to hire 9 new cops thanks to a federal grant » Lynn Daily News Item Last summer, as many city departments struggled with tight budgets, Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy sought funding from the Justice Department's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. Lynn…

State Government

Gov. Charlie Baker proposes pay hike for National Guard » The Republican

Transportation

Explainer: What's Up With the MBTA's Finances? How Money Impacts Your Ride » Boston University News Service Money makes the world go 'round. But for America's fifth largest public transportation system, the phrase goes more like this: Money can make the city slow down.…

Inner Harbor Ferry Could Connect Lovejoy Wharf, Eastie, Charlestown, Long Wharf, Fan Pier and More » North End Waterfront

Utilities

Polito, broadband officials, check in with Shelburne » The Greenfield Recorder Rural residents drove through heavy snow to Memorial Hall on Tuesday to find out when their homes will be ready for broadband.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Bridgewater saga ends with surprise » Commonwealth Magazine

Eversource threatens EDF with cease and desist over report on gas capacity constraints » Utility Dive

Philanthropist funded trip for oversight officials » The Boston Globe

Massachusetts is America's healthiest state, according to new rankings » MassLive

Read the brief: Businesses challenge potential surtax on income over $1 million in Massachusetts » MassLive

DCF Report Raises Questions Over Auditing Protocol » WBUR

DeLeo promotes staff as top aides leave for lobbying firms » State House News Service

Massachusetts tuition break approved for Puerto Rico, Virgin Island hurricane evacuees » WWLP 22 News

Foreshadowing Major Food Stamp Changes, Feds Ask States for Advice » Governing

Check out a giant Hanukkah menorah at the State House » Metro

Springfield City Council approves new tax rates raising average homeowner's bill by over $100 » MassLive

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 25-30 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Garnet or Jewel sweet potatoes
  • 3 large firm-tart apples (about 1½ pounds total; see Apple Notes), unpeeled, cored, and quartered lengthwise
  • 8 medium shallots
  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup matzo meal
  • 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying (see Note)
  • Sour cream and Classic Applesauce, for garnish

Directions

Using the coarse side of a box grater or a food processor fitted with a medium grating disk, grate the potatoes, apples and shallots. Toss together in a large bowl. Add the eggs, matzo meal, salt, and pepper and toss to mix well.

Preheat the oven to 200°F. Pour ¾ inch of oil into a skillet over medium-high heat. When the temperature reaches 370°F, scoop ¼ cup potato mixture from the bowl, then gently drop that mixture out onto a wide spatula (the point here is to keep your hands as clean as possible). Press into a patty about 1/3 inch thick with your hand, then gently slide the pancake into hot oil. Cook three or four pancakes at a time (do not crowd the pan) until the edges are crispy and well browned and the undersides are golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Gently turn and cook until the other sides are golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes longer.

Transfer the pancakes to paper towels to drain briefly, then arrange in a single layer on baking sheets and keep warm in the oven while you cook the remaining pancakes. Serve sweet potato pancakes hot, with sour cream and applesauce. 


Press Releases

What's on State Ballots This November » National Federation of Independent Business

Senator Ross Announces Legislative Passage of FY18 Supplemental Budget » Sen. Richard Ross

NATURAL GAS AND INDUSTRY INNOVATION CONTINUES TO HELP DRIVE US GHG EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

SMART, SCIENCE-BASED STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND REDUCE EMISSIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

Massachusetts Small Business Scorecard: October 2018 » National Federation of Independent Business

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

Governor Baker Nominates Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith to the District Court » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration, MEMA, Local Officials and Columbia Gas Remind Impacted Customers of Available Housing Options and Provide Home Safety Tips » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

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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