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Baker to lawmakers: Pick up the pace, already! » Boston Globe Almost a year after Massachusetts legislators raised their own pay over the governor's veto, Charlie Baker is expressing increasing impatience with the glacial pace of accomplishments on Beacon Hill. …

Former Labor secretary named COO of Rasky Partners » State House News Service Ron Walker, former labor chief in Gov. Charlie Baker's cabinet, was named Tuesday as chief operating officer of Rasky Partners. Walker joined Rasky earlier this year as a strategic advisor.…

Net neutrality bill introduced by L'Italien, Vargas » State House News Service Two Merrimack Valley Democrats have introduced a bill that would prevent broadband providers from tiering access to the internet after federal regulators voted last week to lift the Obama-era protecti…

Interior reimbursed for Zinke Virgin Island fundraiser, but contributions unaccounted for » Politico Florida Taxpayers have been reimbursed for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's participation in a political fundraiser last spring in the Virgin Islands — but questions remain about the donations he helped…

Firm probing Senate scandal is political power player » Boston Herald The law firm tapped to lead the state Senate's probe into self-demoted President Stanley C. Rosenberg was once dubbed “one of the most politically connected” in Boston — with client…

Springfield Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud to challenge US Rep. Richard Neal in 2018 » MassLive Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, a Springfield attorney looking to challenge incumbent Rep. Richard Neal in the 2018 Democratic primary, officially launched her U.S. House run Tuesday with a series of campaign s…

Pressley 'seriously considering' Capuano challenge » Politico Florida Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is “seriously considering” challenging Rep. Mike Capuano in the Democratic primary next year, a source close to Pressley confirmed to POLITICO. …

House counsel schedules sexual harassment listening sessions » WWLP 22 Saying he wants to hear directly from lawmakers and staff, House counsel James Kennedy on Tuesday informed House personnel of listening sessions planned for January where lawmakers and staff will be i…

“There’s a whole bunch of fairly noncontroversial but important pieces of legislation that didn’t happen in the first half of the session,” the governor said. “Most of them, I believe, could have. And some of them are the kinds of the things where, when you don’t get them done, you know, nothing happens.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the slow pace of the Massachusetts legislature.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Senate passes tax bill, and House expected to vote again today » Boston Globe Republican House and Senate leaders muscled through a sweeping but deeply unpopular tax overhaul, securing a crucial legislative victory early Wednesday morning while setting up a difficult political …

Jill Stein says she'll cooperate with Senate inquiry » Boston Globe Jill Stein, the Lexington doctor who was the Green Party's 2016 presidential nominee, says she's cooperating with a request for documents from a US Senate committee investigating Russian meddling in t…

Joe Kennedy misses historic tax cut vote, with new baby on the way » Boston Globe Representative Joseph Kennedy III of Brookline missed the historic House vote on President Trump's proposed tax overhaul, though the Democratic lawmaker said he would have opposed the legislation.…

Business

For Boston area stalwart Akamai, activist investor brings new questions » Boston Globe For nearly two decades, Akamai Technologies Inc. has been one of the Boston area's premier home-grown success stories, hatched in the halls of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to become a cru…

On gender equality, State Street walks the walk » Boston Globe When the Boston financial services company disclosed in October that it had to pony up $5 million to settle claims of gender and racial bias in pay, it was a big come down for an institution behind th…

Boston Globe will pocket up to $82M from sale of former Dorchester HQ » Boston Business Journal Boston Globe owner John W. Henry had twice come close to closing deals to sell the Globe's longtime Dorchester headquarters, but both agreements collapsed.…

Massachusetts and New York are examining MetLife pension payment failure » USA TODAY Massachusetts and New York regulators are investigating MetLife's failure to pay pensions to thousands of retirees.…

Citing Worcester threat, Pawtucket mayor says the city will pay state's share of PawSox bill » Worcester Mag If the state of Rhode Island does not vote on a bill to fund a new PawSox ballpark in Pawtucket, and vote soon, the city will pay the state's share to keep the PawSox from moving to Worcester.…

State Sen. Eric Lesser encourages shopping at small businesses during swing through district (photos) » MassLive

Education

Malone not applying to become state education commissioner » Herald News Despite rumors to the contrary, Fall River Schools Superintendent Matt Malone says he has not applied to be Massachusetts' next elementary and secondary education commissioner.…

Parents of BPS students speak out against new start times » Boston Herald Boston parents told school officials last night they remain dead set against early start times that would have their young ones at the bus stop at dawn and out of school before the parents can get the…

Over 2,000 students from Puerto Rico now in Massachusetts schools following Hurricane Maria » MassLive More than 2,000 students from Puerto Rico have arrived in Massachusetts schools after fleeing hurricane damage, acting education commissioner Jeff Wulfson said Tuesday.…

Town officials concerned about rising school costs » Newburyport News A letter sent last month from Rowley selectmen to the Triton School Committee regarding unsustainable education budget increases is resonating with town leaders. Budget drivers are expected to result …

Massachusetts offers in-state tuition rates to hurricane evacuees » South Coast Today People displaced from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands by Hurricane Maria will have access to in-state tuition rates after a Massachusetts Board of Higher Education vote Dec. 12.…

Environment

Massachusetts agrees to slash power plant emissions under 9-state system » MassLive Nine Northeastern states, including Massachusetts, have finalized an agreement, first announced in August, to aggressively reduce emissions from power plants.…

Federal

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kafka supports We the People » Wicked Local Stoughton If you see him, please express your thanks to Stoughton's Representative Louis Kafka for co-sponsoring H.1926, a bill “for the adoption of resolutions memorializing the Congress of the United St…

Health Care

With Obamacare's Insurance Mandate Gone, Will States Pass Their Own? » Governing The looming demise of Obamacare's individual mandate is spurring talks in a handful of blue states about enacting their own coverage requirements, as state officials and health care advocates fear rep…

What's At Stake In Massachusetts If Federal CHIP Funding Is Not Renewed » WGBH News A brightly decorated Christmas tree blinks in one corner of the children's playroom, and in front of it, Samuel and Gabriella Diaz are sitting on the floor, surrounded by a colorful array of toys. Two…

Housing

Funding Announced To Start Construction Of New Housing In Holyoke, North Amherst » WAMC The Baker administration is putting more financial support behind projects to build rental housing in Massachusetts. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced the latest awards in Holyoke today.…

North Amherst mixed-use project gets go-ahead funding » Gazette Net A $47.5 million mixed-use project that will provide significant affordable housing in North Amherst, as well as space for between eight and 10 new businesses, will move forward next spring.…

Amherst homeless shelter funding again in question; staff urging people to write Legislature » MassLive In a season when beds at Craig's Place are just about full every night, the town's only homeless shelter is again facing potential state funding cuts.…

Yarmouth to Receive Grant for Affordable Housing » Cape Cod Today Today Representative Timothy Whelan (R-Brewster) joined Yarmouth Town Administrator Daniel Kanpik in traveling to Holyoke City Hall to meet with Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Undersecretary Chryst…

Water, sewer cited as impediments to housing growth » State House News Service While the state's largest city has nearly doubled the statutory goal for affordable housing stock, officials from smaller communities argued Tuesday that their hometowns' rural character makes it hard…

State to give $4.5M to boost affordable housing stock on Cape » Cape Cod Times Two affordable housing developers received millions in subsidies and tax credits from the state to add 135 units of affordable housing in Eastham and Yarmouth.…

Human Services

Photos from federal audit show unsafe conditions at Massachusetts group foster homes » MassLive Multiple group homes for foster children in Massachusetts have broken furniture, overflowing trash cans, foul-smelling bedding and a lack of windows, according to a federal audit released Monday that …

Immigration

Race, stereotypes fueling immigration debate, activists say » Wicked Local Allston-Brighton Representatives of immigrant advocacy groups called Monday for collective action in the face of negative stereotypes and a political power dynamic they said can stymie their agendas.…

Insurance

Busy final week for Mass. Health Connector enrollment » Lowell Sun While the federal government shut down the Affordable Care Act Exchange across the nation last week, the Massachusetts Health Connector is still going strong.…

Judiciary

Darrell Jones always denied he was a murderer. After 30 years, he'll get a new trial » Boston Globe Darrell Jones has steadfastly maintained his innocence in a murder that has kept him in prison for more than three decades. On Tuesday, on his third attempt, the 50-year-old Boston man learned he woul…

Black court officer files discrimination complaint » Boston Globe A black court officer filed a complaint with state authorities Tuesday alleging that she was disciplined at work after she accused a supervisor of using a racial slur against her.…

Labor

Burger King franchisee will pay $250,000 for 843 child labor law violations in Mass. » Boston Globe One of the country's biggest restaurant franchisees has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle 843 child labor violations at Burger King restaurants across Massachusetts, including an instance in which a m…

Burger King franchisee fined $250G » Boston Herald The nation's second-largest Burger King franchisee has been hit with a whopper $250,000 penalty for 843 alleged violations of state child labor laws at about 30 of its 43 Massachusetts restaurants.…

Massachusetts labor union backs Eversource transmission line through New Hampshire » MassLive The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers announced Tuesday it supports the Northern Pass in the Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP.…

Legislative

Tarr loses legal counsel » Gloucester Times State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr has lost his deputy legal counsel and deputy legislative director. Sira Grant has joined Smith, Costello & Crawford Public Policy Law Group as a senior associat…

Fitchburg's Dean Tran sworn in as state Senate GOP caucus grows to 7 members » Worcester Telegram

Local Government

Lunenburg board did not violate meeting law, attorneys say » Sentinel & Enterprise The state's Open Meeting Law was not violated at a November Finance Committee meeting where a quorum of selectmen issued recommendations for Special Town Meeting, according to a letter written by atto…

Rowley Breaks Ground for New Police and Fire Stations » The Local News Expect to see more activity around the police station and Eiras Park over the next year as construction of the town's new police and fire stations kicks into high gear. After a ground-breaking ceremon…

Council approves Quincy Center T development » Patriot Ledger The project to build a large mixed use development on the Quincy Center T station will advance with a promise from its developer to cut the original proposed number of apartments in half.…

State suggests Lowell reconsider high school options initially rejected » Lowell Sun The Massachusetts School Building Authority has suggested that the city take a closer look at some of the options for the new Lowell High School that it dismissed early on in the process.…

Opinion

On the tax bill, GOP makes a mockery of its own rhetoric » Boston Globe REMEMBER THE CAUSTIC CRITICISM Republicans used to level about the Affordable Care Act?…

John McCain's maverick moment » Boston Globe JOHN McCAIN missed the vote on President Trump's catastrophic tax bill, but vows to return to work and Washington next month.…

Foster care system needs to raise the bar » Salem News The bad news just keeps coming, with another disturbing report about how the state of Massachusetts has been caring for kids in need.…

Lethal delays in safer train technology? » Boston Globe ANOTHER FATAL TRAIN CRASH, another round of troubling questions about whether long-overdue safety upgrades might have stopped a gruesome tragedy.…

Letter: Don't buy hate-mongers' attacks on Farley-Bouvier » Berkshire Eagle As clergy colleagues united in a quest for compassion and right relations in this community, we were dismayed to see yet another attack on state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier mailed to our neighbors unde…

Reed: Alabama's Jones may face same fate as Scott Brown » Boston Herald After last week's Alabama Senate election, pundits rushed to draw comparisons between Democratic U.S. Sen.-elect Doug Jones and Republican Scott Brown, winner of the special Senate election here in 20…

Cashman: Al Franken must resign despite late support » Boston Herald

Politics

Gonzalez Stumps For Governor In Pittsfield » iBerkshires Jay Gonzalez has adopted the mantra "aim high" when it comes to his race for governor.…

Marlboro resident becomes 13th Democrat running for 3rd District » Lowell Sun It's been a full three weeks since the last time a candidate entered the 3rd Congressional District race, and if you thought it was safe to stop counting, think again.…

Mass. GOP Senate hopefuls support tax bill » State House News Service All three Republicans running for the U.S. Senate would support the GOP tax reform bill that cleared the House Tuesday afternoon and was scheduled for an evening vote in the Senate where both U.S. Sen…

Steven Hall announces state senate run » The Landmark

Twofer for Worcester: State Republican, Democratic conventions at DCU » Worcester Telegram

A conversation with gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzales of Needham » Wicked Local Needham

Public Health

Lexington Becomes 5th Jurisdiction in Massachusetts to Endorse Medical Aid in Dying, Group Reports » PRNewswire Compassion & Choices commended the Lexington Board of Selectmen for voting to endorse the End of Life Options Act (H.1194/S.1225). The vote makes Lexington the fifth jurisdiction to endorse medical ai…

Public Safety

First responders, emergency personnel try to address growing gaps in ambulance services » Berkshire Eagle

Bills would enhance benefits for campus police » MassLive

State Finance

Sandwich Receives Money for Repairs to Town Boat Ramp » Capecod.com BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded nearly $7,000 to the Town of Sandwich to repair their heavily used boat ramp and to install lighting at the same ramp to improve safety at t…

Massachusetts Announces ICO Sweep » JDSupra The Massachusetts Securities Division has announced that it will conduct an exam sweep of Massachusetts entities engaged in initial coin offerings (ICOs).…

How the Tax Bill Will Change Governments' Borrowing Costs » Governing Key provisions will likely increase states and localities' current debt load and make it more expensive for them to borrow in the future. The bill's impact on supply and demand in the municipal bond m…

State Government

Massachusetts stories to watch in 2018 » Wicked Local Bedford As we say farewell to an eventful 2017, eyes will now turn to the new year. Here are five Massachusetts stories to watch in 2018. …

Taxation

New tax bill could have implications on homeowners » WWLP 22 (WWLP) – The Secretary of the Commonwealth, William Galvin, said the bill does away with certain deductions, and puts a cap on others, and could particularly affect people already paying high p…

US Rep. Richard Neal, MA Democrats pledge to 'fight' for middle class in wake of GOP tax bill » MassLive From left, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the top Democrat …

Tax bills are going up for Lynn homeowners » Lynn Daily News Item

Transportation

Train was speeding 50 mph over the limit before deadly wreck » Boston Globe The revelation that a passenger train was traveling 50 miles per hour over the speed limit at the time of a fatal crash near Tacoma, Wash., has again focused attention on Amtrak's safety culture, the …

Train tragedy in Washington won't deter local leaders from pursuing East/West high speed rail » WWLP 22

Utilities

FERC reaffirms its approval of Atlantic Bridge pipeline, with compressor station planned in Weymouth » MassLive The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week reaffirmed its approval of Spectra Energy's Atlantic Bridge Project, rejecting an appeal from opponents of the natural gas pipeline expansion, many o…

Vargas, L'Italien file bills to preserve net neutrality » Eagle Tribune

Vargas, L'Italien File Bill to Prevent Internet From Being Carved Into Fast, Slow Lanes » WHAV

Mass. Dems introduce net neutrality bill » Worcester Business Journal

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Ex-Prosecutor, Ferguson Monitor to Lead Rosenberg Probe » US News and World Report

Swampscott liquor-license petition in Senate limbo » Wicked Local Swampscott

Burger King franchisee fined for violating child labor laws in Mass. » Boston Business Journal

Teresa Martin: Free and open internet worth fighting for » Cape Cod Times

Animal advocates fear justice will fail in Westport case » The Sun Chronicle

No lower court resolution in sight for Berkshire Museum litigation » Berkshire Eagle

Sagan "very encouraged" by 18 ed commissioner applicants » State House News Service

In era of Trump-inspired discord, state Sen. Adam Hinds wants to do 'politics differently' » The Berkshire Edge

A Shortage of IV Fluid Is Hitting Massachusetts Hospitals » Boston Magazine

Is a city councilor considering a run against Capuano? » Boston Globe

Prize winners cut into Lottery's November profits » State House News Service

Worcester Pawsox "deal is real," Pawtucket mayor says » State House News Service

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

  • 5/8 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 10 ounces Valrhona azelia chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup toasted hazelnut pieces

Directions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar, be careful not to over beat; you do not want to incorporate too much air.
  3. Add the vanilla and eggs. Scrape the bowl to make sure the batter is smooth and well combined.
  4. Add the dry mix to the wet mixture, then add the chocolate and hazelnut pieces. Mix until just combined.
  5. Scoop into balls.
  6. For best results, chill the dough balls overnight. At the very least chill for a few hours and bake cold from the fridge.
  7. Place on a parchment lined sheet pan, smoosh the balls a little before going in the oven.
  8. Bake at 315 degrees in a convection oven or at 325 degrees in a still oven. They are done when they are brown around the edges and slightly lighter brown in the middle (about 15 minutes).


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