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Today on Beacon Hill

9:30am Automatic Voter Registration Lobby Day, State House, Boston

10:00am Citizens' Housing & Planning Association Public Housing and Rental Assistance Committee Meeting, 18 Tremont Street, Suite 401, Boston

11:00am Senate Committee on Ways & Means, Oversight Hearing

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

12:00pm Alliance Against Doctor Prescribed Suicide Press Conference, Grand Staircase, State House

2:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

6:30pm Geoff Diehl for Senate Reception at "The Barn" with Rep. Jim Lyons

Must-Reads

Paid leave, minimum wage campaigns spurring talks on the Hill » State House News Service Two key Democrats in the House and Senate are working to make sure voters don't have to decide whether a $15 minimum wage and guaranteed paid family and medical leave is good public policy, but it's a…

Was that drool coming out of Joe Kennedy's mouth? » Politico Marco Rubio had his awkward pause for a gulp of water. Joe Kennedy had his ... drool? …

Trump's top health official traded tobacco stock while leading anti-smoking efforts » Politico The Trump administration's top public health official bought shares in a tobacco company one month into her leadership of the agency charged with reducing tobacco use — the leading cause of pre…

What lobbyists are looking for from the State of the Union address » Politico (L)obbyists are awaiting the speech with anticipation because “there's a lot of unknowns” about Trump's policy agenda. “Both Obama and Bush had a huge outline of things they talked a…

Opponents Of Doctor-Assisted Suicide To Go On Offensive At State House Wednesday » New Boston Post Opponents of legislation aimed at legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Massachusetts will hit the Massachusetts State House — likely clad in white physician garb — on Wednesday as pa…

Pressley's in, plus a look at that poll » Politico Capuano has a “significant” lead on a generic Democrat for his re-election, but Pressley's campaign says when those polled learned more about Pressley, that Capuano's lead went down to 7 p…

Beth Lindstrom fills war chest » Boston Herald Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Beth Lindstrom raised more than $400,000 during the last quarter of 2017, outpacing her two GOP rivals in a sign that her bid to challenge Democrat Elizabeth Warren is g…

Four thoughts for the GIC » Commonwealth Magazine Is Partners gaming the system with Neighborhood Health? …

Lawmakers slam new solar charges » Commonwealth Magazine HOUSE AND SENATE ENERGY LEADERS made clear on Tuesday that they aren't happy with the way Eversource Energy and state regulators have implemented legislation requiring homeowners with solar installati…

“It would be easy to dismiss the past year as chaos. Partisanship. Politics. But it’s far bigger than that,” he said in Fall River. “This administration isn’t just targeting the laws that protect us — they are targeting the very idea that we are all worthy of protection.”

Representative Joe Kennedy

Delivering the Democratic response to President Trump's State of The Union.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump talks togetherness while pushing partisan agenda in State of the Union » Boston Globe President Trump seized the platform of his first State of the Union speech in a bid to reset his troubled presidency, deploying a raft of uplifting phrases and citing economic progress to make a case …

Fact-checking Trump's State of the Union address » Boston Globe President Trump took his penchant for inflated claims to his biggest stage Tuesday night, asserting in his State of the Union speech that he signed the most consequential tax cuts in history, when his…

Trump's message of unity was a stark contrast to day-to-day reality » Boston Globe Donald Trump's presidency has transformed a Washington ceremony that had already been losing its luster in an era of gridlock and turned it into a political version of the NFL's Pro Bowl: It's not eve…

Kennedy says Americans feel 'fault lines of a fractured country' » Boston Globe Congressional Democrats, admonished by their leaders to avoid overt displays of disapproval during President Trump's State of the Union speech Tuesday, mostly limited their acts of protest in the Hous…

Warren wanted the State of the Union 'burned into my eyes' » Boston Globe Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey reacted to President Trump's first State of the Union on Twitter on Tuesday night, each giving their own take on the state of the country.…

Trump's State of the Union Takes Hard Line on Government Workers » Governing At one point in his address, the president seemed to call for abolishing civil service protections for federal employees. …

Who Massachusetts Is Bringing to the State of the Union » Boston Magazine A transgender soldier, a TPS recipient, a net neutrality advocate, and others are headed to Washington thanks to Joe Kennedy, Seth Moulton, and Ed Markey. …

Business

Milford: Murray asks Ardagh Group to consider options » Milford Daily News MILFORD - State Rep. Brian Murray has called on the Ardagh Group to reassess its plans to close its National Street glass bottle factory, encouraging the overseas owner to seek a solution to save 250 …

Former Globe building envisioned as 'innovation park' with food hall, co-working space » Boston Globe Part of the old Boston Globe building is set to get a dramatic upgrade as a swanky food hall and hangout space, the centerpiece of an overhaul of the newspaper's former headquarters in Dorchester into…

FDA policy wades into battles between drug makers and compounders » STAT News Amid rising tension between drug makers and compound pharmacies, the Food and Drug Administration has issued new policies that seek to bolster manufacturing standards for compounded medicines and, in …

Drones a Major Player in MA Technology Ecosystem » dronelife Tech is one of the state's strongest economic engines. According to the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council's 2017 State of Technology Report, the sector today directly employs over 300,000 an…

Lt. Governor signs Community Compact agreement with Belmont » Wicked Local Belmont Belmont officially became the 327th out of 351 towns to sign a Community Compact agreement with the commonwealth of Massachusetts on Jan. 29. A total of $30,000 from the state program will be used for…

STATEHOUSE NEWS: Lawmakers play shell game with 'official' votes » Wicked Local Boxford In one corner is the quahog, the hard-shell clam commonly stuffed or used in New England-style chowder. In the other is the oyster, ready for competitive shucking, pearl-producing or slurping raw. Bo…

Massachusetts Ranks Near-Worst Nationally in Supporting Female Entrepreneurs » Boston Magazine The Bay State could be a lot better for women who want to start their own companies, a new study finds. …

Crimes

Bill prompted by dismissal of Hernandez verdict after death » Turn to 10 The prison death of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez is prompting lawmakers to revisit a centuries-old Massachusetts legal principle.…

Former state lawmaker Brian Joyce's partner nabbed on tax rap » Boston Herald A onetime business partner of former state Sen. Brian A. Joyce was arrested on federal charges he conspired to defraud the IRS out of hundreds of thousands of dollars while allegedly helping Joyce fil…

Education

Riley tapped for education commissioner » The Lowell Sun Jeff Riley, the superintendent and receiver of Lawrence Public Schools, is on track become the state's next education commissioner after an 8-3 vote by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education …

Environment

WHOI Center for Marine Robotics Receives NextGEN Award » Cape Cod Today The Center for Marine Robotics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) was chosen to receive a NextGEN award by the Massachusetts TechHUB Caucus. …

Is Massachusetts ready for carbon pricing? » Mit News Many economists across the political spectrum agree that carbon pricing could provide a cost-effective strategy to accelerate a transition to a low-carbon economy and reduce carbon emissions that play…

Agawam taps state 'Green Communities' grant for efficency upgrades » MassLive

Wellesley replacing streetlights with energy efficient LEDs » Boston Globe

Support bill to empower towns on herbicide use » Cape Cod Times

Gaming

Gambling Regulators in 2 States Reviewing Wynn Allegations » US News and World Report Massachusetts gambling regulators are holding a special meeting to discuss sexual misconduct allegations against casino magnate Steve Wynn, whose company is building a $2.4 billion casino outside Bost…

Watch Live: Gambling investigators offer update on Steve Wynn to Massachusetts Gaming Commission » MassLive Gambling investigators plan to speak with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission after a Wall Street Journal report on sexual misconduct allegations against Steve Wynn, the man behind a $2.4 billion casi…

Baker calls allegations against Wynn appalling » Commonwealth Magazine If true, gov says, Las Vegas casino mogul is 'unsuitable' to hold Mass. license …

What's next for Wynn Boston Harbor? Analysts weigh in on the future of Steve Wynn's casino empire » Boston Business Journal With the Massachusetts Gaming Commission launching a review into Wynn Resorts Ltd. following allegations of sexual misconduct by CEO Steve Wynn, questions are swirling regarding the fate of the $2.4 b…

Health Care

Charlie Baker escapes a health care mess » Boston Globe

Human Services

Al Norman criticizes Baker on elder affairs » The Greenfield Recorder When Gov. Charlie Baker said in last week's State of the Commonwealth address, “We commit ourselves to a common decency in our debate and in our dealings with one another and the public,” …

Immigration

Baker proposal would let police detain immigrants at request of federal authorities » Boston Globe A bill that would allow — but not require — local police in Massachusetts to detain immigrants at the request of federal authorities is not in response to pressure from the Trump adminis…

Immigrants making their mark on Mass. economy, survey says » State House News Service Buoyed by contributions from international students, Massachusetts ranks fourth in the country in a new survey of states reaping the most economic benefit from immigration.…

Report: Massachusetts Ranks Fourth in Benefiting from Immigrants » Boston Magazine

Insurance

What was the Group Insurance Commission trying to do? » Commonwealth Magazine What was the Group Insurance Commission trying to do? …

GIC chief takes responsibility for "confusion and havoc" » Worcester Business Journal

Judiciary

SJC to rule on ex-prosecutors' alleged misconduct in Farak cases » Boston Herald The state's highest court will consider whether “undisputed misconduct” perpetrated by two former assistant attorneys general involved in the Sonja Farak drug lab scandal should result in …

SJC to decide whether to dismiss all cases connected to former drug lab chemist » Boston Globe The state's highest court will consider whether to dismiss all cases touched by former state chemist Sonja Farak, and whether egregious misconduct in the prosecution of Farak and subsequent appeals wa…

Ursula Ward calls for bill to prevent vacated murder » Boston Herald The emotional mother of Odin L. Lloyd yesterday called for the passage of a law that would have prevented Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction from being vacated by his prison suicide.…

Local Government

The Saugus School Committee violated the open meeting law, Attorney General finds » Lynn Daily News Item Attorney General Maura Healey determined the School Committee violated the Open Meeting Law after a former member filed a complaint.…

Over 8,000 inactive voters being dropped in Lowell » The Lowell Sun The Elections and Census Commission will remove more than 8,000 inactive voters from its voter rolls next month, marking the first time the city has done so since 2012.…

Lynn and the state formed a dream team to help redevelop the city. Has it worked? » Lynn Daily News Item More than two years ago, Gov. Charlie Baker, three state cabinet secretaries, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, then-Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, and the state delegation stood on City Hall steps and announce…

Engel appointed as interim town manager » The Local News IPSWICH — Selectmen have unanimously voted to appoint Jim Engel as interim town manager…

Marijuana

North Andover rejects proposal for pot farm » Boston Globe After more than two hours of heated debate, residents here voted to ban recreational marijuana facilities, effectively killing a contentious plan to turn part of the former Lucent Technologies plant i…

Governor's budget would give $7.6 million to marijuana oversight commission » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker's proposed budget would give the Cannabis Control Commission $7.59 million next year to oversee the brand new recreational marijuana industry.…

Considering Massachusetts As A 'Sanctuary State' For Pot » WGBH News Massachusetts would become a so-called sanctuary state for marijuana under a new proposal filed on Beacon Hill, but the idea could be a hard sell for some.…

Opinion

As I See It: A win-win for Worcester, the Commonwealth, and the world » Worcester Telegram The City of Worcester recently finished an ambitious lighting retrofit by changing all municipal lights to LEDs, one of many initiatives that are part of the city's Green Community Plan.…

Bolling: Councilor unafraid of uncomfortable truths » Boston Herald A few years before the #MeToo movement that saw women throughout the nation sharing horror stories of rape and molestation, Ayanna Pressley shared her own story of trauma on a college campus.…

Giving proper thanks for Trump's tax cut » Boston Globe BACKERS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP are justifiably worried that, on the economy, the public isn't giving credit where it's due. For a while, that was understandable, since this president didn't really have a …

Mounting a ground war against anti-vaxxers » Boston Globe “FOX & FRIENDS ” cohost Brian Kilmeade is no doctor – he doesn't even play one on TV. That's why it was nothing short of journalistic malpractice when he told his estimated 1.6 mill…

Donald Trump protects Americans from affordable washing machines » Boston Globe PRESIDENT TRUMP LAST WEEK slapped steep tariffs on imported solar cells and washing machines, in order, he said, to “benefit our consumers and . . . create a lot of jobs.” The likelihood o…

Letter To The Editor: Rep. Miceli Responds To GIC Decisionc » Peabody Patch Over the last few weeks I, and many public employees, have been wondering and fighting a radical, unprecedented, and frankly reprehensible move by the Group Insurance Commission (GIC), which oversees …

OUR VIEW: Baker hit all the right notes in State of the Commonwealth speech » Milford Daily News It would appear that not only is the state of the commonwealth strong, but so is Gov. Charlie Baker's reelection campaign, judging by the bonhomie with which his address was received last week before …

Our view: Where, when you drive is your business » The Salem News The rollout last year of open-road tolling on the Massachusetts Turnpike was trumpeted as a boon to motorists who wouldn't have to slow down for toll booths. The measure was a way to save the state mo…

Politics

Forry says she won't endorse a replacement » Boston Herald Former state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry said yesterday she has no plans to endorse a replacement in the special election to fill her seat. Several elected officials are weighing whether to join the spri…

Muslim students and families get a close-up view of politics at State House » Boston Globe On Muslim Lobby Day at the State House, some of the most outspoken, curious, and determined activists weren't yet old enough to vote.…

Ayanna Pressley Is Running for Congress » Boston Magazine She'll challenge Michael Capuano for Massachusetts' 7th District. …

3rd District candidates raking in cash » The Lowell Sun Official financial reports for candidates seeking federal office are not due until this week, but from what we know so far, it is clear that the 3rd Congressional District race will be expensive.…

Westford's Terry Ryan officially begins congressional campaign » The Sentinel & Enterprise School Committee Chairman Terry Ryan formally kicked off his campaign for Congress last week as the crowded race for the 3rd Congressional District heats up.…

What does Ayanna Pressley know that we don't? » Commonwealth Magazine

Democrats Seeking to Succeed Tsongas Send Appeals to Left-Leaning Voters » WHAV

Public Health

Boston May Seek To Sue Pharmaceutical Companies For Opioid Crisis » WGBH News As the opioid epidemic consumes lives, futures and fiscal resources, many municipalities are turning to the courts to try to force pharmaceutical companies to shoulder some of the responsibility.…

Public Safety

$2M spent guarding inmate – inside prison hospital » Gloucester Times Since being shot during a 2013 escape attempt, Raymond Wallace has been confined to a bed in a locked room on a locked room on a locked floor of the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, a secure and fully staffe…

Safety secretary argues for intimidation, deadly drug bill » State House News Service When Daniel Bennett, now the state's secretary of public safety and security, was a prosecutor in Worcester County, a defendant unhappy with the sentence he received hired a gang member to kill him, B…

Lots Of Uncertainty As Mass. Bump Stock Ban Takes Effect Feb. 1 » New England Public Radio Under a new law, Massachusetts gun owners have until Wednesday, Jan. 31 to relinquish bump stocks, which allow rifles to be fired more rapidly.…

State Government

Reporters barred from Gov. Charlie Baker's Latino Advisory Commission statewide listening session in Holyoke » MassLive The Latino Advisory Commission formed last year by Gov. Charlie Baker barred members of the press from its listening session Tuesday night at Holyoke Community Charter School.…

Quincy lawmaker's bill would split up 'Asian' designation » Patriot Ledger A Quincy state representative is looking to split the designation of “Asian” on government forms into more specific ethnicities. Tackey Chan, a fourth-term Democrat who represents much of …

Coalition of more than 50 multiracial organizations advocates for Asian American data disaggregation at House Bill 3361 hearing » Sampan Today, a broad coalition of multiracial and multiethnic constituents, advocates, service providers, and allies testified at a State House public hearing to voice strong support for H.3361 that will en…

"Roadrunner," with drums by Rockporter, pitched as state rock song again » Gloucester Times BOSTON — The pitch to make Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner" the state's official rock song — there's already an official song, ode, folk song, patriotic song, glee cl…

STATEHOUSE NEWS: Lawmakers play shell game with 'official' votes » Wicked Local Needham In one corner is the quahog, the hard-shell clam commonly stuffed or used in New England-style chowder. In the other is the oyster, ready for competitive shucking, pearl-producing or slurping raw.…

Over 40 organizations call for Asian American ethnicity data » Sampan Asian American residents, service providers and advocates will testify at the State House in support of a bill filed by Quincy Representative Tackey Chan that would authorize state collection of ethni…

Asian-American data collection bill sparks fears over racial profiling » State House News Service The State House's largest public hearing room was filled to capacity Tuesday for a hearing on a bill supporters said will lead to more accurate research and better health outcomes, but opponents view …

State attorney general backs same-day and automatic voter registration push in Massachusetts » MassLive

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey: Allegations against Steve Wynn 'sickening and disturbing' » MassLive

Campaign renewed to make Boston Cream Pie cupcakes official cupcake of Massachusetts » MassLive

Transportation

The Orange Line is so crowded, some passengers go out to go in » Boston Globe About once a week, Ben Spaulding's easiest way to work is to start off in the opposite direction.…

T notes: Cautionary tale on the Green Line » Commonwealth Magazine Corporate sales, budget relief, assaults on T workers …

Amtrak set to increase North-South train service » The Greenfield Recorder The good news is that Amtrak Service ridership has grown by nearly 50 percent since it began in January 2015, and that service between Greenfield and New York is expected to increase from one train da…

Springfield to Boston Passenger Rail Drives Forward with New Study » Valley Advocate

Utilities

Gov. Baker to have energy audit of own home » Worcester Telegram Charlie Baker has overseen the biggest renewable energy procurement in Massachusetts history and touted the state's longstanding top ranking for energy efficiency.…

Cape Cod Legislators Announce Slate of Cord-Cutting Workshops » Cape Cod Today Today, state Representatives Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich), Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown), Will Crocker (R-Barnstable), and Tim Whelan (R-Brewster), and state Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) announced that they…

Golden, Barrett upset over Eversource solar charge » The Lowell Sun

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

John Barros will not run to fill Linda Dorcena Forry's vacated state Senate seat » Boston Globe

CVS shares sink as Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase team up on health care » Boston Business Journal

Gov. Charlie Baker will be looking for 'collaboration' in President Donald Trump's State of the Union » The Republican

Overdose calls, deaths in Northampton dip in 2017 » Gazette Net

Middlesex DA honors local citizens » Lowell Sun

Ayanna Pressley will run against Michael Capuano for Congress » Boston Business Journal

Gov. Charlie Baker Weighs In on Allegations Against Steve Wynn » Boston Magazine

Baker forming group in opposition to offshore drilling » Worcester Business Journal

Trump tariff, utility charge seen as drain on state solar industry » The Greenfield Recorder

Bills filed to enable AG to target repeat harassers » State House News Service

State budget includes more aid for Sherborn » Wicked Local Sherborn

Baker Urges Lawmakers to Relax Zoning Laws for Housing » US News and World Report

MassDOT 2018 rail plan includes possible study on rail service between Springfield and Boston » WWLP 22 News

East-west passenger service urged among state rail priorities » Worcester Telegram

Franklin County aiming to be top destination for outdoor recreation » WWLP 22 News

Kerry presidential run would do no favors to Democrats (Editorial) » The Republican

Rep. Lori Ehrlich's sexual-misconduct bill targets higher ed campuses » Wicked Local Marblehead

Groundbreaking for long-sought Fenway Center complex takes on air of a celebration » Boston Globe

Gov. Charlie Baker tries to address housing 'crisis' in Massachusetts » The Republican

Boston Councilor Pressley to challenge Congressman Capuano » State House News Service

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Recipe of the Week

No-Bake Chocolate Rum Balls

The Wellesley Cookie Exchange Cookbook

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup finely chopped toasted almonds or hazelnuts, plus more for rolling
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup rum (any kind)

Directions

In a large bowl, stir together the crumbs, sugar, nuts, cocoa, maple syrup, and rum. Form into 1-inch balls; then roll in the chopped nuts. Refrigerate until firm. Serve cold or at room temperature. 



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